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The Labor Day Fair

by Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao

Nearly 5,000 job hunters rushed to SM Bacolod today for the annual Labor Day job fair sponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in collaboration with SM Supermalls and other Media Partners.

May Castro, public relations manager of SM Bacolod shared that annually SM Supermall hosts job fairs in line with the Labor Day celebration, adding that for the first time, there was a job fair partnership between SM Supermall Bacolod and DOLE.

She also added that there were 7,000 job vacancies up for grabs in the job fair.

As for her tips to job applicants, Castro shared that applicants should secure good resume, highlight special skills and capabilities. Also, skills and attitude are two important factors. Since skills are acquired, attitude plays a great deal. “It [attitude] will get you to places,” she said.

When asked about the relevance of the job fair, she said, “if people have jobs it will contribute to economic growth.”

A total of 63 local companies were able to participate in job fair most of them are Information Technology (IT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies, manufacturing companies, service sector, recruitment and employment and other SM affiliates.

Meanwhile, Hospitality Management graduate of University of St. La Salle Cherrie Boston who was one of the applicants waiting for interview and has been looking for a job for about a month said she’s hoping for a job in hotel, restaurant or even call center. She shared she expects minimum income since she’s starting but she’s looking forward to a friendly working environment if ever she’s to be given a job.



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More Business = More Job

Presidential Spokesman Lacierda says
there are more employment opportunities now

by Epi Ma. Kassandra Dajao

A taller building is replacing the once wide green plantation owned by an old baron and his heirs and heiresses. According to overly curious passersby, the parcel of land was sold and anytime within this year a new Call Center is opening; the hired agents are the residents of that new ritzy building in the middle of nowhere. It sounds interesting.

The sprouting of tall buildings is not only thing that we should notice. There are also increasing numbers of small businesses around the city; some of which are owned by some hard working students.

Noticing these scenarios and listening to some economic predictions, optimism strikes like a spark of hope. When there are more business opportunities around, it means that employment is also just right there. Yes, it’s true.

Lacierda, on his visit in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental last April 18 shared that there are more opportunities for employment right now because of the increased in the number of companies and local business that had contributed to the increase in employment opportunities.

Unemployment rate dwindled from last year. Good news, isn’t it?

“We are looking for continued decline in employment.  Hopefully, the graduates in March will get jobs,” Lacierda said, adding that, they (government officials) are looking forward to a bullish economy and more employment opportunities.  He also shared that that the government must have Government Internship Program and that a summer job program for the new graduates is ongoing.

So here’s the equation:

More Business = More Jobs.

The more business there is in the locality and in the country, the more opportunities there is for people to either earn a living or to be employed.

So you know, what could the taller infrastructures can do to do the economy? It boosts it, gradually.