COTABATO CITY – A total of 111 job vacancies were opened throughout the 1-day Job Fair Activity organized by the Bureau of Employment, Promotion and Welfare of the Ministry of Labor and Employment in collaboration with the City Government of Cotabato, through its Public Employment Service Office and City Labor and Employment Office on Dec. 21, at the People’s Palace Lobby.

More than 100 job seekers who were hoping to get employed in industrial, retail merchandising, sales and service occupations including in the academe participated in the activity.

MOLE Minister Muslimin G. Sema in his message, expressed his appreciation for the good relationship that the ministry, the city government, the private sector, and the labor force have.

“The presence here of these establishments only means their readiness to open their arms – to open their doors for those would-be employees,” the Minister said.

“The Ministry of Labor and Employment would not be worth what it is, if it cannot mobilize – if it cannot assemble a job fair like this,” Sema added.

Minister Sema also urged the private sector to open job opportunities to cater new graduates and would-be employees.

Meanwhile, there were more than 15 participating companies and establishments took part on this initiative of boosting employment opportunities in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, particularly in Cotabato City.

Among these companies were the Lamsan Group of Companies, Puregold Price Club, Inc., Sanford Marketing Corporation, and Superama Supermarket.

Director Sara Jane Sinsuat of the BEPW and other MOLE officials and personnel were present during the job facilitation activity.

Moreover, Cotabato City Tourism Council Chairperson Bai Sandra Sema and Alan Arumpac, Jr., executive assistant, attended the gathering.

Some offices participated in the activity were Social Security System, PagIBIG Fund, PhilHealth, and Manlife. (MOLE-ICD)