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Thousands avail of jobs fair, mobile passport service

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Some 1,000 Surigaonons flocked to Surigao City to search for jobs and apply for passport during the jobs fair and mobile passporting service on Aug. 13-14, 2011.

The two-day jobs fair and mobile passporting service was initiated by the city government of Surigao in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

Dozens of private companies joined the jobs fair in an effort to provide jobs to those who wanted to work such as Toyota Davao City Inc., Taganito Mining Corporation, Cagdianao Mining Corporation, Pacific Cement Philippines, Inc. (PCPI), Southern Arms Corporation, and Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc.

Registered job applicants also sought employment with agencies that joined the Fair such as M & M Placement Int’l, Inc., LNS Int’l Manpower Services Corp., PHILQUEST Int’l. Management & Services Contractor, Kabayan Ko Overseas Manpower Placement, Maanyag Int’l Manpower Corp., and Online Hiring Corp.

According to PESO Manager Rolando H. Uyan, among the 783 applicants only 349 of them were successfully interviewed.

“132 of them were qualified applicants but only 8 applicants got hired on the spot,” he said.

For mobile passporting, Uyan said around 434 pass ports were successfully processed. He said the releasing of passport will be on October 9, 2011 at the City PESO Office.

 Mayor Ernesto Matugas acknowledged the role of the officials of DFA, DOLE, OWWA, City PESO and business establishments for the success of the event. He said that he wants that the jobs fair be held again soon to his constituents in Surigao City. (Dandy Lapura, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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