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Senior high grads score anew during Kalayaan Day job fairs

Cebu City, Philippines. Senior high school (SHS) graduates were hired on the spot (HOTS) at the recently conducted Kalayaan Job Fairs, reported DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

At least six (6) Senior High applicants, she said, landed on different local positions such as marshals; electricians; production workers; and production operators.

One of them, Kristine Vil Bendoy, 18, was hired at the job fair conducted in Lapu-Lapu City. Within the week, Bendoy will start working as a production operator in one of the industrial production companies located in the city.

Bendoy, who graduated in April this year from Babag National High School under the Accountancy, Business, and Management K-12 Strand, said that she is thankful to the DOLE and the participating employers of the job fair for giving her and the rest of the Senior High School graduates the opportunity to be gainfully employed.

“I really wanted to work right after graduating from Senior High School to help support and provide the daily needs of my family. I have five siblings and we are being raised alone by my father who is a tri-cycle driver,” she humbly said.

Bendoy was one of the 124 HOTs that were produced last June 12 in the three (3) job fairs simultaneously conducted in Lapu-lapu City and in the provinces of Bohol and Negros.

“Last Labor Day Job Fairs and now after the conduct of the Independence Day Job Fairs, we are seeing Senior High School graduates getting a job after graduation. This could be a demonstration that indeed they are ready to be employed and that their skills match with what the employers require,” said Director Siaton.

She added that the number of HOTs produced could still potentially increase considering the 446 nearly-hired applicants tallied by the DOLE - 297 for local employment and 149 for overseas employment. With these figures, she hoped for an increase in the employment rate in the region as well, which is at 94.8% as of January 2019. She said that the more jobseekers are employed, the bigger is the possibility that they will be able to help uplift their respective families’ economic condition.

Applicants considered near hires, the Regional Director added, are those that will still have to be subjected to further screening and interviews or those that are asked to comply with additional requirements, saying further that “Another possible reason for not hiring applicants on the spot could be that the ones representing the companies at the time that the job fairs are being conducted are not actually the decision-makers.”

The DOLE 7 will be closely monitoring the status of the “near hires” within the month for local employment and within ninety (90) days for overseas employment.

The Department’s latest data also showed that around 1,417 applicants were qualified out of the 2,214, who registered during said job fairs. Fifty-six (56) of them were referred to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for Skills Training; twenty-seven (27) to the DOLE for Livelihood Assistance; 151 to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for Business Opportunities; and around 384 were referred to other participating agencies especially those involved in the One-Stop-Shop Services.




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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