They began the day floating their resumes, and ended up floating on air as they were immediately hired on the spot.

Indeed, it was a memorable Labor Day for 225 jobseekers who found work opportunities in the Job and Business Fair staged by the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1’s Job and Business Fair on May 1, 2022.

About 1,091 jobseekers flocked in three venues for the fairs: Magic Mall in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan; Farmers Civic Center in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur; and Robinsons Mall in San Nicolas, Pangasinan.

They vied for the 18,499 job vacancies pooled by DOLE RO1 from 94 employers. 17,148 of the vacancies were for local work, and 1,351 for overseas.

Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos relayed the message of Sec. Silvestre H. Bello III, which underscored the DOLE’s relentless commitment to upholding the rights and safeguarding the welfare of Filipino workers.

“We express our profound gratitude to everyone who helped us make this Labor Day 2022 celebration very memorably successful. After a lull of two years, we celebrate again face-to-face and this is symbolic of our strengthened ties in upholding the mandate of DOLE,” RD Ramos said.

Likewise, she congratulated the HOTS, one of them is Danielle Michelle Jose, 25, from Natividad, Pangasinan. She was hired as service crew for a fast-food chain. A mother of three, Danielle said this is her first job, as she was a full-time mom who attended to the needs of her children and husband.

“But now that my children have grown, I can also now be employed to help augment the needs of my family,” said Danielle. “Thank you, DOLE for creating a wonderful experience for us first-time jobseekers. We appreciate your effort to help us find decent jobs,” she said.

Another HOTS was Jomar Bartolome, 25 years old from Pudoc West, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. A first-time jobseeker, he was hired as branch assistant in a pawnshop. Jomar shares his experience at the job fair was a memorable one, as it was his first to participate in such kind.

Aside from the HOTS, there were also 319 near-hires and 383 jobseekers who were referred for proper intervention and assistance to other government agencies, namely TESDA, DTI, OWWA, POEA and others. (By Justin Paul D. Marbella)