146 overseas, local companies to join capitol job fair on June 2

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By Cindy B. Ferrer (PNA)

ILOILO CITY -- The job and tourism fair organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of the Iloilo provincial government and to be held this June 2 has gathered the participation of 146 local and overseas placement companies with around 4,000 jobs to be offered.

PESO head Francisco Heler Jr on Monday said that the number was so far the biggest they had gathered since they started to hold job fairs.

Of the participating companies, 119 are for local employment and 27 are for overseas. Heler said that 10 of the 119 local companies were business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, mostly based in this city.

PESO tied up with the Provincial Tourism Office, travels and tours, resorts, restaurants hotels and other recreational facilities that will be offering job opportunities during the fair. Available jobs include tourist guides, hotel and restaurant related works, among others.

Heler reiterated that "tourism is one of the major industries that generate employment" in the province, the reason why they were working with the tourism office.

Meanwhile, Heler said that special feature of this forthcoming job fair was the “pre-employment coaching” wherein jobseekers would be taught on how to prepare a resume, prepare themselves for the interview and other important topics that would prepare them for their employment. Some personnel of the PESO here will be assigned for coaching.

Also, help desks of some government agencies will be made available during the event to assist jobseekers short of needed documents. Heler said that they have invited Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), among others.

Special lanes will still be available for solo parents, persons with disabilities (PWDs), beneficiaries of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Heler is encouraging all jobseekers in Iloilo to grab the employment opportunities offered to them in the job fair on Friday. "Libreng Sakay" program will still continue, Heler said that local government units are encouraged to provide free transportation to applicants from their towns.

As of today, around 500 individuals have already pre-registered in the event.

The venue of the job fair on June 2 will still be at the lobby of the provincial Capitol and at Casa Real Iloilo or the old capitol.