Lines were long at a job fair in Baguio on Tuesday but those who wanted to gain employment endured the wait.
“Gusto ko kasi talaga ‘yung stable na trabaho. Mahirap ‘yung pahinto-hinto eh,” said Anselmo Mintar Jr., one of the applicants. Out of over 3,000 applicants, nearly 700 were hired on the spot.
Among those who joined the long lines was Emmanuel Ravidas.
He is determined to get a new job after his wife gave birth, saying his salary is not enough for their daily needs.
In Davao City, Jeaneth Puno, a teacher, applied to become a receptionist in Dubai.
She was among those who were hired on the spot.
In Iloilo, a job fair offered free hair cuts, massages and check-ups.
Meanwhile, demonstrations were also held in the provinces to protest against government's labor policies.
Protesters in Cebu threw tomatoes and stomped on a photo of President Benigno Aquino III.
They said government is not prioritizing the welfare of workers.
In General Santos City, militants held a noise barrage in front of the office of the Labor Department. Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News