THE long-time partnership of the local government units in northern Metro Manila and the SM Malls has resulted anew with some 423 individuals securing immediate employment opportunities on-site.

Caloocan City Mayor Along Malapitan and Valenzuela City Mayor Wes Gatchalian were gratified by the full support of the SM City Grand Central and SM City Valenzuela for hosting simultaneous Labor Day job fairs that have been beneficial to their respective constituents.

This collaborative initiative between SM Supermalls, Department of Labor and Employment, LGUs, Private Sector Advisory Council Jobs Committee, various industry associations and SM Retail, showcased each of the malls’ commitment to streamlining the job-hunting process and fostering economic development.

At Grand Central, 166 job seekers were hired-on-the-spot while 257 individuals secured employment on the spot at SM City Valenzuela.

The twin events saw the participation of nearly 100 companies that offered over 8, 000 job openings.

In addition to the employment prospects, job seekers had access to comprehensive one-stop-shop services including NBI and police clearances, SSS and Philhealth membership, all geared to fast-track their possible employment.

The mall management said it’s been steadfast in its mission to bolster job creation and empower the Filipino workforce.

These Labor Day Job Fairs mark the second installment of mall-based job fair events this year, following the successful job fair held at Grand Central last February while its Valenzuela mall showcased over 3,000 global opportunities in sought-after destinations such as Australia, Canada, Germany, United Arab Emirates, China and other Asian countries.

                Navotas’ modified working hours

The city government of Navotas has adopted a new work schedule – 7a.m. – 4p.m.

Mayor John Rey Tiangco said it’s in accordance with the Metropolitan Manila Council resolution.

“Apart from helping ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, this change in work schedule will also give workers more time to spend with their families or pursue other meaningful endeavors.”

Departments, offices, and units with shifting schedules, such as traffic management, emergency preparedness and response, and peace and order, are not covered to ensure continued public service delivery.

He strongly encouraged barangays to issue similar executive orders implementing or modifying their respective working hours.