Tagum City – More than 2,500 jobseekers and small-scale business owners flocked to the New City Hall last June 12, 2017 for the Kalayaan Jobs and Trade Fair organized by the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in celebration of 119th Philippine Independence Day.
Dubbed as “Kalayaan Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Fair”, the activity offered 11, 628 job vacancies, of which 9,336 are overseas works, five (5) livelihood demonstrations, two (2) entrepreneurship symposia, services from seven (7) national line agencies, a blood-letting activity and two sets of orientation for the additional beneficiaries of the trade and skills training program of the local government.
Out of the 1,350 registered applicants, 169 were hired on the spot while 478 were near-hire applicants or those who will still have to be called back by the company.
Meanwhile, 333 individuals benefited the livelihood demonstrations on five trade areas given free by the city government, namely: Perfume Making, Tocino Making, Liniment Oil Making, Liquid Soap Making and Balloon Twisting, which were conducted simultaneously.
Apart from the demonstrations, symposia on franchising and effective business management were also conducted in partnership with the Department of Trade and industry (DTI), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Department of Labor and Employment, coaching 177 local entrepreneurs.
Several Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) which were beneficiaries of the Bottoms Up Budgeting Program of the city were also given the opportunity to market their products during the fair.
On the other hand, the city government also assembled at least 180 of its STAND (Seryosong Tagumenyo Ayaw ng Droga) Rehabilation Program graduates to orientate them with the programs, either on Grow Micro Program or TESDA-based Skills Training Program, by which they will soon undergo.
Some 600 individuals also availed the free services offered by the participating national line agencies like the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), PhilHealth and SSS, among others.
During the opening of the one-day fair, Mayor Allan Rellon stressed that the City Government of Tagum will never be selfish in providing its constituents with job and other life-improving opportunities. He also urged the participants of the activity to find a role in keeping the freedom of the country especially with today’s challenging times.
Tagum City capped this year’s Independence Day celebration with a fun run activity that was participated by hundreds from both public and private sectors. Roy Banias/CIO Tagum