Jobseekers, entrepreneurs join Tagum’s Kalayaan Day fair

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


A Civil Society Organization of Tagum City displays their rice produce at the Jobs and Trade Fair held at New City Hall last June 12, 2017. The group is one of local beneficiaries of the National Bottoms Up Budgeting (BUB) program. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


A customer carefully inspects a product of Rural Improvement Club (RIC) of Brgy. Visayan Village. Many homemade delicacies and products manufactured by Tagum-based Civil Society Organizations were displayed and marketed during the Jobs and Trade Fair held Monday on Tagum City. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Would-be entrepreneurs are all ears to an instructor as she demonstrates to them the process of making liniment oils. The livelihood demonstration is one of the highlights in the government-led Jobs and Trade Fair conducted in Tagum City last June 12, 2017. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Participants of the Livelihood Demonstration follow the instructions of a balloon proprietor while he shows to them step by step the process in making balloon animals and other shapes perfect for parties and other events. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Hundreds of job hunters trooped to the New City Hall last June 12, 2017 to participate in the Jobs and Trade Fair initiated by the City government of Tagum. A total of 169 hopefuls directly landed a job while 478 are waiting for positive calls from employers. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Jobseekers from Tagum City and neighboring towns try their luck in the Jobs and Trade Fair conducted by the city government to celebrate the 119th Philippine Independence Day. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


The morning of the Independence Day was different for Tagum City as locals gather to participate in the Fun Run activity led by the city government. The activity dubbed as “2nd Kalayaan Run” is a fund-raiser for the upcoming 6th ASEAN Scout Jamboree to be hosted by Tagum City. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


Mayor Allan Rellon leads Tagumenyos in the 2nd Kalayaan Run. The activity is conducted in celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum


After a sweaty Kalayaan Run, Tagumenyos take a pose together with the static display performed by men from the 71st Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Leo Timogan/CIO Tagum