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Marianas Variety: Kagman Job Fair draws 75 applicants (October 9, 2018)

THE local Department of Labor’s Kagman Job Fair on Saturday drew 75 applicants, including residents from other villages.

Eugene Tebuteb, director of DOL’s Division of Employment Services, said 26 companies and government agencies participated in the job fair.

These included Kanoa Resort, Hyatt, G4 Security Services, American Sinopan, Fiesta Resort, Apex, GPPC, Laolao Bay Resort, Imperial Pacific International, McDonald’s, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, JC Tenorio Enterprises, Northern Marianas Trades Institute, Public School System, Pacific Islands Club, AC Pacific/I Love Saipan, Kalayaan Inc., Grandvrio, Delta Management/Shell, KFC/Taco Bell, CNMI Scholarship Office, Kensington Hotel, Herman’s Modern Bakery, Pacifica Insurance, Northern Marianas College and Island Training Solutions.

Division of Enforcement Director Gil San Nicolas said it was a good turnout.

Kensington’s human resources manager Vivian Deleon Guerrero said in the next job fair, perhaps the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority can provide transportation to job seekers.

“Kagman is quite far if the applicant is coming from Garapan so it would be nice if COTA could be a partner too in the next job fair and transport applicants to the venue,” Deleon Guerrero said.

San Nicolas agreed. “Yes, it is a very good recommendation because for some job-seekers transportation is a problem, so we will collaborate with COTA and ask them if they can assist our job seekers.”

San Nicolas said it took them three months to plan for the Kagman Job Fair, and they will soon announce the date for the next fair.

He said DOL extends its appreciation to Kagman High School’s management and staff, especially to principal Leila Staffler and vice principal Ben Jones Jr., for allowing the department to hold a job fair for the Kagman community.

Imperial Pacific International said more than 23 people signed job applications; American Sinopan had 10 while Herman’s Bakery had 12.

Most of the applicants arrived in the afternoon. The job fair started at 9 a.m. and continued until 3 p.m.

In a statement, Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres said community outreach through job fairs is among the best ways to attract and recruit more local residents and other U.S. workers into the workforce.

“Reaching out to the community and taking care of those who were recently displaced or are looking for work will continue be one of our highest priorities. The opportunities are here, and they’re growing. As a government, we will continue to make sure that all have an equal opportunity to create their stories of success in their lives,” he said.

Secretary of Labor Vicky Benavente emphasized the importance of a community-centered effort to help residents get jobs. She said for her and the Department of Labor, it is about partnerships for progress.

“I also want to emphasize the importance of the continued partnership with the businesses who participate in the DOL job fairs. These relationships are a way of moving everyone in our community forward so that our economy is filled with skilled individuals with diverse talents. I also want to express appreciation to the Kagman community for supporting our efforts.”

Director of Enforcement Gil San Nicolas said “job recruitment or hiring events are an essential part of our efforts to connect the CNMI’s workers with employers looking to hire. By hosting this job fair, the CNMI DOL is helping to strengthen our economy and support gainful employment for individuals.”

For Division of Employment Services Director Eugene Tebuteb, “The job fair is an opportunity for job seekers to network with employers seeking qualified applicants to fill their open positions. It brings together local employers and our community’s workforce to help businesses expand and positively impact the economy of the CNMI.”

CNMI Scholarship Administrator Rose S. Pangelinan said “it’s always an investment when we have the opportunity to promote our workforce and the special programs we have to assist students and graduates alike. We’d like to thank the CNMI DOL for giving us an opportunity to join other agencies and groups at their job fair.”

Job seekers are encouraged to contact the Division of Employment Services or DES for assistance with all aspects of the job-search process.

“The DES provides free services, resources, and tools to assist job seekers,” Labor Certification Supervisor James Ulloa said. “Services are available onsite to help job seekers fill out employment applications, write resumes, and prepare for interviews.”

For more information, contact DES at 664-3190.

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