December 1, 2023

The World Café of Opportunities (WCO), a jobs fair for skilled workers will have interpreters deployed at some employers’ booths on Aug. 23 to cater to the hearing and speech impaired. 

In a press conference, City Public Employment Services Office (PESO) head Romelda Escaño said as August also happens to be White Cane Safety Month, the PESO reminded the companies about the Magna Carta for Persons with Disability, which includes a provision that requires at least one percent of all regular and non-regular positions in all government agencies shall be reserved for persons with disability, while private companies with more than 100 employees are encouraged to reserve at least one percent of all positions for PWDs.

The PESO also coordinated with the Persons with Disability Affairs Office to assign interpreters at the Baguio Convention and Cultural Center (BCCC) to assist company representatives and the applicant.

Escaño said the BCCC is also the ideal venue for the WCO as the building was designed to cater to other PWDs. 

There will also be a legal clinic at the WCOs focusing on labor issues.

Aside from the assistance to PWD applicants, this year’s WCO will be conducted in other provinces of the Cordillera.

In its previous staging which were conducted only in Baguio City, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority-Cordillera Assistant Director Jimmicio Daoten said beginning Aug. 22, the WCO will be conducted outside Baguio.

The WCO in Ifugao will be on Aug. 22 at the Lagawe Central School; Aug. 22 at the multipurpose hall, Poblacion, Bontoc, Mountain Province; Aug. 25 at the Abra Police Provincial Office covered court in Bangued; Aug. 25 at the Tesda provincial office in San Isido, Luna, Apayao; and on Aug. 24 at the Tesda compound in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

He said there are 3,904 local job vacancies in construction, agriculture, tourism, wholesale and retail.

Applicants were reminded to come in proper attire and be prepared for on the spot interviews and exams. 

Applicants should also bring copies of their credentials, certifications, and résumé to facilitate processing of applications. – Rimaliza A. Opiña