4 applicants hired in jobs fair for PWDs

Subscribe Now July 24, 2012 at 08:58pm

AT LEAST four applicants were hired on the spot during the exclusive jobs fair for persons with disabilities (PWDs) held at City Hall building last July 20, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Davao Region reported Monday. Dole-Davao Region listed 69 registered job seekers during the fair. Of the 69, more than a half or 35 applicants are now subject for final interview.

Some 10 companies participated in the jobs fair with a total of 500 jobs openings for local employment.

In a press conference last week, Dole regional director Joffrey Suyao said among the firms they encouraged to participate were from business process outsourcing sector (BPO) sector, service sector like spas and massage clinics and graphic companies.

Suyao said there are no restrictions as to hiring PWDs in these sectors, especially in contact centers as they don't require much of the physical abilities.

The holding of the exclusive jobs fair coincided with the week-long celebration of the 34th National Disability, Prevention and Rehabilitation Week which started July 17 and ended July 23.

The fair was the department's initiative to bring the PWDs in the mainstream of economic development.

Meanwhile, the labor official said government offices must give opportunities for the PWDs by hiring at least five percent of their total contractual workforce.

City Federation of Persons with Disabilities (CFPD) president Teogenes Comiling said there are a total of 238 PWDs employed in the City Government. Of the number, 200 are are contractual workers while 38 are regular employees.

Raquel NuĀ¤ez, regional technical assistant division chief of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), said the agency assists PWDs by giving them free Civil Service Commission (CSC) review and tutorial classes to pass the Career Professional examination. Civil Service eligibility is a requirement to qualify for any position in the government.

The classes are offered every semester.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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