THE Department of Labor and Employment has announced that a total of 186 jobseekers, 99 of them former Hanjin workers, on Saturday found themselves employed during the Build Build Build Jobs Caravan at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that 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.
About 103 employers brought over 25,000 jobs to the caravan originally meant for workers of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines who lost their jobs and those set 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 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,” Bello said as he emphasized the need to retain the country’s skilled workers.
One former Hanjin employee who was hired-on-the-spot was Marino Alquino, a skilled welder. He was unemployed for a few months after working for more than four years at Hanjin.
After finding out about the job fair through social media, the 25-year-old, who hails from Castillejos, Zambales, decided to visit the caravan.
Considering his skills and work experience as welder, Alquino was immediately hired by New Masinloc Construction and Supply company.