Pre-registration now ongoing for provincial government’s biggest job fair

ILOILO, Nov. 25 (PNA) — The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here is urging job seekers to register prior to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s biggest job fair on December 1, 2015.

Job applicants may submit their resume and curriculum vitae during office hours at PESO, 3rd floor of Iloilo Provincial Capitol, Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City.

As of November 25, a total of 111 local and overseas companies have confirmed their participation to Capitol’s December Job Fair, the biggest number of participating agencies so far.

Of the number, 86 are local companies and 25 are overseas recruitment agencies based in Iloilo, Cebu and Metro Manila.

Most of these are automotive, construction, distribution, electronic, insurance, real estate, service providers, and financing companies.

Others are banks, business process outsourcing, colleges, direct sellers, hotels, and hospitals. Over 3,000 job vacancies will be up of grabs during this fair.

The available jobs are for flight attendants, nurses, physical therapists, engineers (all fields), electronic technicians, carpenters, technicians, elders, masons, heavy equipment operators, call center agents, music instructors, bankers, office personnel positions, bank tellers and cashiers, sales representatives, fast food crews, store personnel, hotel staff and caregivers.

PESO Iloilo regularly conducts two job fairs every year — first is during the annual Semana sang Iloilo and second is during December.

The job fair is part of governor’s Alay Regalong Trabaho (ART) sa mga Ilonggos that aims to facilitate employment and job generation to unemployed individuals.

Unemployment remains a concern in this province. According to March 2011 Household Survey Result conducted by the Provincial Population Office, 32.03 percent of the population aged 15 and above who are in the labor force is unemployed.

Among the unemployed, 28.07 percent are males and 38.56 percent are females. Municipalities with high proportion of unemployed population (15 years old and over) include Anilao (32.67 percent), Sara (30.26 percent), San Joaquin (28 percent), Leon (26.85 percent), and Janiuay (25.95 percent).

The household population count in the survey is 1,835,099 with 50.57 percent (928,032) males and 49.43 percent (907,067) females. (PNA)