TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, (PIA) – Hundreds of jobseekers in Eastern Visayas grabbed the jobs fair yesterday as one of the highlights of the 115th labor day celebration spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The applicants came from various places in Region VIII. Most of them are newly-graduates this year.

Assistant secretary Alex Avila of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in his keynote speech, stressed the important role of Filipino workers in nation building.

“Job fairs during labor day is one way of recognizing the workers who are laboring for the country,” Avila said.

In the region, around 1, 250 registered applicants were recorded in said job fair.

Out of the said figure, 27 jobseekers were hired on the spot and 85 applicants were considered near-hired which means they are already hired by the employers pending submission of additional requirements.

A total of 136 applicants were referred to undergo skills training program of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA); 14 applicants were referred to the Department of Trade and Industry for business opportunities and 26 qualified for livelihood assistance.

In said occasion, two of the private companies in Eastern Visayas who responded to the call of the government against contractualization were given recognition by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

These are the Ultrasteel Corporation in Tacloban City where 107 of its contractual workers were absorbed and the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corporation (PASAR) in Isabel Leyte where 50 of their workers were given regular employment.(ajc/cba/PIA-8)