General Santos City- In line with the holding of the Kabuhayan 2019 Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Job Fair and Business Opportunities,the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 released a total of Php5,594,332.00 in livelihood checks and certificate of availment to qualified beneficiaries in the region held at SM Gensan Trade Hall, this city, on 12 June 2019.

The said livelihood grant will benefit 438 beneficiaries coming from the municipalities of Alamada, Pigcawayan, Malungon, Alabel, and the city of Tacurong.

Local Government Unit-Alamada (LGU-Alamada) received  a total of Php1,852,656.00 and LGU-Pigcawayan Php665,041 in livelihood checks while Barangay Government Unit-Poblacion in Malungon (Php992,600.00), BGU-Paraiso in Alabel (Php587,335.00), LGU Tacurong City (Php996,700.00), and Tacurong Terminal Vendors Association (Php500,000.00) all received certificate of availment.

Beneficiaries’ chosen projects include yacon wine processing, coffee processing, motor parts and motor servicing, water refilling station, and varied individual starter kits.

In another news, 30 lucky and qualified jobseekers were hired on the spot during the said job fair.

Carmelle Moreno, a 21 year old college undergraduate from General Santos City, was one of the lucky jobseekers who was Hired on the Spot (HOTS). Moreno will start working as a sales associate of Shaolin Group of Companies in Gen. Santos City.

“Ginakulbaan pero excited dyud ko nga nakakuha ko trabaho pinaagi sa Job Fair sang DOLE,” said Moreno.

(I’’m quite nervous but very excited that I landed a work through the Job Fair conducted by DOLE.)

Meanwhile, 20 initial and newly hired Government Internship Program beneficiaries were also presented during the job fair program. They will work as enumerators, data encoders, and community facilitators under the Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program who will profile the child laborers in the region.

Further, DOLE 12 also paid the 40% salary amounting to Php2,669,256.98  to 787 Special Program of Students (SPES) beneficiaries.

Aside from the usual job searching activity of the applicants, they were also treated with the programs and services of DOLE partner agencies like the DTI, TESDA, NBI, PAG-IBIG, PhilHealth, SSS, PSA, DFA, OWWA, RTWPB, ECC, OSHC, NCMB, NLRC, POEA, and NRCO.

DTI 12 also facilitated business coaching through their Negosyo Center Booth and partnered with OWWA 12 in their Learning Sessions for the OFWs. Further TESDA 12 offered free services like massage, manicure/pedicure, haircut; and Skills Demo on bartending and table skirting, and Orientation on Defensive Driving.

“We in the department are really happy seeing our fresh graduates and jobseekers land a job for this makes Independence Day celebration very meaningful, seeing them employed in the future and taken from the bandage of unemployment,” said DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio Cano.