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Senior high grads among May 1 job fair HOTS

Cebu City, Philippines. Senior High School graduates were among the applicants hired on the spot (HOTS) during the four (4) simultaneous Labor Day Job Fairs, said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

In a statement, she shared that of the 206 total applicants hired on the spot on May 1, nine (9) of which were Senior High School graduates, whose positions included that of cashiers, sales clerks, housekeeping, baggers, call center agents, and room attendants.

“During one of the meetings of the Industry Tripartite Council in Education, one of the vital ideas floated was an assessment to be conducted by the respective educational institutions on the placement rate of Senior High graduates,” added Director Siaton.

She underscored the importance of knowing where said Senior High School graduates are now and whether they have actually landed on a job or not after graduation.

“We want to know the placement rate of those who opted to work. What type of industry are they engaged with? These questions will be answered if agencies and groups concerned would do evaluation, assessment and tracer on their graduates, which would be a very important tool in re-visiting the effectiveness of the Senior High program if there is a need to in the future,” she explained.

Such move, she said, would have a very big implication on the DOLE’s push in addressing the perennial problem of job-skills mismatch haunting not only Central Visayas but also the entire country.

When there is assessment done, said the DOLE-7 Head, there would also be  something that ITC in Education could use as a solid basis for their plans, activities, and advocacies insofar as the issues and concerns in the academe are concerned.

The ITC in Education is one of the existing Industry Tripartite Councils in Central Visayas, which took an active part in the 117th Labor Day Celebration on May 1.

“We are happy of the turnout of the Job Fair especially that there are Senior High school graduates hired on the spot. We are hoping for a significant increase of the HOTS once applicants considered near hires are done complying with what’s required from them by employers,” said Director Siaton.

The DOLE is expecting an increase of applicants hired on the spot in the coming days as it tallied over 700 near hire applicants, or those who were asked to undergo further interview with employers or asked to comply with other pre-employment requirements. The Department’s latest data showed that of the 3,226 total number of job applicants registered, 1,914 of them were qualified.

Around 102 were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for skills training; forty-four (44) to the DOLE under its livelihood program; about forty (40) to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for business opportunities; and around 311 to other agencies offering the One-Stop-Shop Services.

On May 1, the Department of Labor and Employment in partnership with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and other social partners such as SM City Cebu, conducted the following job fairs – local job fair at the Cebu Provincial Capitol and the local and overseas job fairs in Mandaue City; Negros Oriental; and at SM City Cebu.




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at




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