A total of 186 jobseekers, 99 of them former Hanjin workers, found themselves employed during the Build Build Build Jobs Caravan at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
Most of the hired-on-the-spot jobseekers were for the position of welders, electricians, mason, fitter, engineers, drivers, painters, scaffolders, riggers, administrative assistants/clerks, and sales/marketing staff.
Participated by 103 employers which brought over 25,000 jobs, the caravan was originally meant for workers of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines who lost their jobs and those about to be laid off.
The one-day fair drew a total 4,051 applicants, and 2,464 were Hanjin workers.
“This kind of job-matching and placement under the Build Build Build Program of President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte answers the needs of our jobseekers. We prefer that they be employed here because we need their skills in construction, shipbuilding, welding, structural fabrication, plumbing, rigging, carpentry, and plant services,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III as he emphasized the need to retain the country’s skilled workers. DOLE