Oro jobseekers troop to City Hall

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Monday, January 6, 2014

ON THE first day of work after the long holiday break, around 400 job hopefuls trooped to Cagayan de Oro City Hall Monday morning to look for work available at the Public Employment Service Office (Peso).

Criminology student Jesson Morula said he is hoping to land on a part-time job this year.

Morula is a first-year student of Cagayan de Oro College (COC-Phinma). Although it was his first time to apply for a job, his determination to get the job was fueled by his desire to help his mother financially.


“I applied for a job so I can help my mother pay for my tuition fees,” said Morula.

Morula was just one of the many who are competing against for the 70 slots offered by one of the food chains opening at Puregold, the city’s latest commercial establishment.

Peso manager Kathleen Sorilla told Sun.Star that their office is ready to accommodate all the applicants despite limited space.

During the hiring, some students were taking exams at the other side of the room while the rest were waiting for their schedule. The Peso office was almost full and some applicants were blocked from getting inside to avoid congestion.

Outside Peso, applicants were busy filling out forms while the others are lining and waiting for their turn to get inside the office. The hallway was swarmed with applicants.

One of the applicants outside was Juvenel Gallega, a third-year high school student looking for any job he could get.

“I am looking for any job that would fit me. I don’t care what job that is, so long as it’s a job,” said Gallega.

As of this writing Monday, while hopping from one job postings to another, Gallega has not yet found the job that would suit him.

“Maybe, I can work in a hotel as a room boy, or anything that is available in hotels. A janitor would do,” Gallega said, adding it is also his first time.

Sorilla said the jobs available this year would be the same jobs as last year.

She said the service sector will still dominate the job market -- hotels and department stores will need workers this year.

“Construction workers due to hotel construction will be in demand,” she said. “Pepsi-Cola will also be catering applicants tomorrow through Peso.”

The Peso office is expecting around 200,000 applicants this year. But, Sorilla said there is no way to identify the number of jobs that will be available this year.

“However, we have won the trust of the local establishments and they have been reaching out (to) Peso office when they need workers,” she added.

Sorilla said aside from online postings, local establishments minimized their job postings and opted to contact their office instead when hiring applicants.

“We also have a scheduled job fair next month,” she said. (Anjo J. Bacarisas)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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