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One of the Happy Kaarawan Goals of Mayor Ferdie V. Estrella is to give the Baliwagenyos ‘Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan” by sponsoring a Job Fair and One Stop Shop Processing.  It was held last last September 06, 2017 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) at The Event Center, SM City Baliwag, Bulacan. This program is constantly included among the major activities conducted for the week-long celebration of Mayor Ferdie’s birthday. The event was organized by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Provincial Youth, Sports and Employment Development Office (PYSEDO), and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  Forty-five (45) local companies and 2 overseas agencies participated with their respective representatives who conducted the interviews and assessments.

The event was formally opened with an opening remarks from Architect Andrew Cristobal, Mall Manager of SM City Baliwag. “Happiness is a choice, career is your choice and we just provide you the opportunities”, he said. Ms. Flordeliza Tamayo – Division Chief of PESO Malolos gave a message to all the eager job seekers.  She considers the Baliwagenyos to be lucky because we have a supportive mayor who is always willing to help them get employed. She also delivered the message on behalf of Ms. Elizabeth Alonzo – Department Head, PYSEDO who extends her birthday greeting to Mayor Ferdie Estrella and wishes the applicants good luck with their job applications. Ms. May Lynn Gozun – Chief Labor and Employment Officer (DOLE-Bulacan) gave her heartfelt gratitude to the employers and to Municipality of Baliwag. Ms. Gozun also encouraged them to also consider entrepreneurial activities since DOLE also provides livelihood programs to those who are interested.  A total of 331 out of the 912 registered applicants were Hired on the Spot (HOTS).  They must submit the requirements needed by the companies in order to continue the hiring process and be able to start their employment

In an interview from one of the job seekers, Ms. Maria Camille Santos,  “Sobrang madaming natulungan ‘tong Job Fair na makapagapply sa mga companies na hindi na luluwas pa lalung lalo na sa mga fresh graduate natulad ko at pati na rin sa mga undergraduate.”

In addition, a One Stop Shop Processing was conducted in order to assist the applicants in their job hunting by securing their professional valid IDs and other documents that can be used for their employment.  The following government agencies were invited: Social Security Service (SSS), Municipal Treasury Department, Philippine Postal Corporation, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and Philippine National Police-Baliwag.  A total of 89 applicants were able to secure documents from the respective invited government agencies.

Prior to this event, a Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar and Anti-Illegal Recruitment in Persons Seminar was facilitated last September 5, 2017 at the Conference Room, Municipal Annex Building of the Municipality of Baliwag. This seminar aims to equip and prepare the applicants with job interviews and raise awareness on illegal recruitment activities. Mr. Glenn Paul Cruz – Youth Development Officer II, PYSEDO, discussed the importance of the Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar especially to the unemployed and first time applicants. He taught the participants how to create a powerful resume, how to ace an interview, and most importantly, he shared his previous personal experiences with regard to his job applications.

Mr. Lauro S. Villanueva– Senior Labor and Employment Officer) discussed preventive approach against illegal recruitment activities and trafficking in persons especially to those interested to work overseas. He also mentioned key factors to determine illegal agencies, fees that must not collected, false visa promises, and protections that an applicant must know.

Truly, the Baliwagenyos are blessed to have a Mayor who prioritizes employment facilitation programs to give his constituents “Disenteng Trabaho at Kabuhayan.”  Another “Serbisyong May Malasakit” provided for the Baliwagenyos, Mayor Ferdie together with the PESO staff will always be  #maagap  #maaasahan #mahusay #magiliw #magkakatuwang.