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Bulacan jobs fair for repatriated OFWs and jobless
By: PPAO
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS— Some 348 repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers from Libya and more than 2,000 newly graduates and jobless Bulakeños participated in the first jobs fair of the year at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium, Tuesday morning.

During the event, Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado announced that the provincial government will allocate P2.5 million funds for repatriated OFWs in the province.

Alvarado said that the provincial government will give financial assistance through soft loans (from P10,000-P50,000) to some repatriated Bulakenyo OFW’s. He also said that aside from the financial assistance, the provincial government will also provide college scholarships to children of the said OFWs, stress management and job referrals as well as skills training to the displaced overseas workers.

Coinciding the jobs fair was the launching of Phil-JobNet, an on line job matching system that aims to fast-track job opportunities for job seekers.

He also added that his administration is making sure to make Bulacan an ideal growth centre for business investors. This way, he said, Bulakenyos would be assured of job opportunities.

“Ang pag-alis ng ating mga kababayan para magtrabaho sa ibang bansa ay isa lamang option. Inilalatag na natin ang mga programa na kung saan marami ang maghahanapbuhay dito sa ating lalawigan at hindi malayo sa kanilang pamilya at mahal sa buhay,” Alvarado said adding that giving livelihood opportunities to Bulakenyos is part of the 7-point agenda of his administration.

Elizabeth Alonzo, head of the Provincial Youth, Sports, Employment, Arts Culture and Tourism Office (PYSEACTO) said this is the biggest job fair in Bulacan where 48 local companies participated and offers job opportunities for engineers, call center agents, clerical workers, supervisors and managers. She added that 10 agencies also participated for the needs of OFWs.
She also said that there are also job openings for nurses in Singapore and physical therapists in California, USA.

Leopoldo de Jesus, regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), lauded the programs of the provincial government aimed at giving livelihood and job opportunities to the people. He said that DOLE is now improving its on-line job facilities to serve more jobseekers. ###

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