7,169 jobseekers hired on Labor Day job fairs

A May 3, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
Kelly M. Celino, 26, was hired on-the-spot as data entry associate during the Labor Day Job and Livelihood Fair at the Rizal Park by a call center firm. Noe Encinas, 24; Oneil Edward Gabi Chiu, 22; and Kenneth S. Camba, 18, were also all hired by another company as sales utility personnel.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said that new employees Celino, Encinas, Chiu, and Camba have one thing in common: they were among the 7,169 fresh graduates and jobseekers who were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS) from among a large number of professional, technical, trade skilled, and other applicants by employers during the nationwide fairs held in 16 regions on May 1, 2011.
“I congratulate the new hires and hope they will make good in their careers,” Baldoz said after receiving a preliminary update on the HOTS from the Bureau of Local Employment.
Baldoz noted that in addition to those hired on-the-spot, 59,226 applicants have been interviewed by employers while many thousands more have their applications being processed.
Celino was the first one to be hired on-the spot at the Rizal Park fair. An hour after the fair opened at 8:00 A.M., she already had her job.
The company that hired her, Coms Centre, also asked six other job fair applicants to undergo further interviews. Should they qualify, they will possibly join Celino.
“It is the first time our company ever participated in a DOLE job fair,” said Coms Centre Human Resource Manager (HR) Jennifer Hachero in an interview at the Luneta. “Celino was hired on the basis of her computer skills for clerical and office-type work in support of the call center company’s operations,” she added.
Coms Centre is an Australia-based information technology (IT) call center company founded in 2002, and is ranked as that country’s 10th fastest growth company with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. It has established major regional offices and full network operations in the Philippines where it has operated for one year now.  Its growing global clientele include Air Asia, AdShell, Porsche, Peugeot, Toyota, Holden, First National Real Estate, Century 21, Baker IDI, Norton Gold Fields, The Queensland Reds, The Hawthorn Hawks, and others.
On her part, Celino expressed her joy and elation at being accepted for the job. “I thank God for this blessing, I am just a high school graduate, and the job will enable me as the eldest to help support our family of five.”
Shortly after Celino was hired, a local firm, Surplus Marketing Corp. based at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City, also hired-on-the-spot Encinas, Chiu, and Camba. Encinas, the eldest in a family of four, said he was thankful for the job as it will make him productive while he is preparing to sail as a seaman, being a graduate of a maritime school. Chiu, on the other hand, said this is his second job following a stint as a service crew of Kenny Rogers at SM Marilao in Bulacan. Camba, like the two, was also elated at getting hired on the spot by the same firm.
Hazel Ann P. Geronimo, Surplus Marketing Corporation’s HR assistant responsible for the processing of job applicants, was happy, saying that the jobs fair “enabled her to meet people and to take part in facilitating employment.”
Baldoz commended the HR managers and HR assistants representing the 1,717 local firms in the nationwide job fairs for braving the summer heat together with DOLE personnel in performing a crucial role in the fair.