Iloilo City wants to be VisMin job hub

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If it has its way, Iloilo City may soon be a center for employment not only in Western Visayas but in the entire in Visayas and Mindanao.

City Mayor Jose Espinosa III said he wants to open the city as an investment area to provide more opportunities for jobseekers even from nearby provinces.

One area in need of employees in the city is the business process outsourcing industry, which needs at least 5,000 employees, he said (

Iloilo Federation for Information Technology (IFIT) Chairman Jessraf Palmares noted the BPO sector in the city presently has 26,000 workers.

Espinosa said they are working with the private sector to bring in more foreign investors in the city.

He recalled their trade missions in the United States and China to attract more foreign investors.

Last Labor Day, some 3,000 applicants were interviewed during the job fair of the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6.

DOLE-6 Labor Relations Focal Person Niezel Anne Sabrido said 65 applicants were hired on the spot, mostly for local jobs.

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