The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Region I together with 62 government agencies, private recruitment agencies, local employers and other entities collaborated to stress the importance of jobs in pump priming the economy during the recently concluded Jobs and Livelihood Fair Cum Diskwento Caravan at the SM City Mall in Rosales, Pangasinan. The event, considered the biggest ever in Region 1 in terms of participating entities, available jobs and services, drew some 2,261 job hunters.
Dubbed as Jobapalooza 2009 - Tayo Na! Trabaho Na!, the event aimed to provide incoming graduates, OFW returnees and displaced workers not only opportunities for employment/re-employment and livelihood but also access to discounted prices on basic goods and commodities.
To highlight the importance of technical and vocational training, TESDA Region I under the able leadership of Dir. Washington M. Agustin showcased a wide array of talents from the PGS scholars in different training institutes.
Bartending (NCII) students from STI in Alaminos dazzled the audience with their skills in manipulating bar tools, while Beauty Care (NCII) scholars from Pangasinan School of Arts and Trades (PSAT) showed the spectators a sample of their craft. Massage Therapy (NCII) students from Greenmont Systems International stole the limelight by having the most number of clients served.
TESDA staff also conducted on-site screening to assessment and certification applicants and processed Pangulong Gloria Scholarship applications. A total of 457 scholarship vouchers were awarded in the event.
DOLE Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena urged the participants to intensify efforts in promoting decent, productive employment, and the protection of workers’ rights and welfare. He told this as he gladly informed the participants that Region I is among the top 3 employment gainers despite the current global crisis.
The event was participated in by government agencies and other entities such as DOLE,OWWA, POEA, PRC, RTWPB, NCMB, NLRC, DTI, NSO, SSS, Philhealth, HDMF, AFP, DPWH, DEPED, DENR, SM City Rosales, LGU of Pangasinan, LGU of Rosales, Western and Eastern Pangasinan Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, PRAs, local employers, TESDA schools and members of the media.The Chronicle