(June 15, 2012) SAN ANTONIO, TACURONG CITY—Reynald Solatorio, 18, graduate of a two-year hotel and restaurant management course, did not expect that his first job interview will be in their barangay.


Nagulat ako pagdating ko sa bahay. Sinabi ng kapatid ko na may hiring sa barangay gym, kaya nagmadali akong pumunta,” said Reynald in his shirt, pants, and slippers. Unlike in other formal job interviews, his clothes did not matter. Indeed, it was a pleasant surprise.

Reynald is the first applicant accommodated by KCC Marbel’s local recruitment team that joined the City Hall sa Barangay San Antonio on June 15, 2012. The team collaborated with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Sultan Kudarat and the Tacurong Public Employment Service Office (PESO).

Nakita namin na mas maganda kung sa barangays kami pupunta kasi mas mapapadali ang proseso para sa aplikante. May mga applicants kasi na hindi nakakapunta sa Koronadal para sa interview dahil mahal ang pamasahe. Nahihirapan din ang iba kasi pabalik-balik sila para sa interview,” said Sheila Ann Diaz, KCC Mall of Marbel HR representative.

This activity enables applicants to undergo initial and final interviews, even examinations if the venue permits. Applicants are also required to fill out DOLE’s form for the National Manpower Skills Registration System.  

All in all, there were 8 applicants interviewed for the day. Ms. Diaz and her team expect to entertain more job seekers in the next barangays.

Reynald lauded the activity saying, “maganda ito dahil willing silang tumulong sa mga out-of-school youth. Maraming new graduates ngayon na nahihirapan. Excited na akong magtrabaho.”  


Meanwhile, Mayor Lina O. Montilla said that “this kind of collaboration widens the scope of the ‘City Hall sa Barangay’. We always welcome those whose purpose is to empower our communities.” Last year, Mayor Montilla opened the City Hall sa Barangay to recruitment agencies for overseas employment.  (Jezereel Louise C. Billano)