A total of 186 jobseekers, 99 of them former workers of bankrupt Korean shipbuilder Hanjin , found themselves employed during the “Build Build Build” Jobs Caravan at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
Most of those 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 of 4,051 applicants of which 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.
One former Hanjin employee who was hired-on-the-spot was Marino Alquino, a skilled welder, 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.
Another jobseeker who found employment was Alvin Dumaplin, who was hired as driver by E.R. Dela Cruz Construction and Supply.
The 44-year-old Zambaleño has just returned to his hometown after working as a company driver in Manila.
He was elated to be back to work after being hired by the first employer that he visited during the job fair.
The event, which was the second Build Build Build Jobs Caravan, was attended by DOLE Secretary Bello, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, Bases Conversion Development Authority President/CEO Vince Dizon, Senator Richard Gordon, Congressman Jeffrey Khonghun, and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Chairperson and Administrator Wilma Eisma.
Other DOLE officials who attended the job fair are Undersecretary Renato Ebarle, Undersecretary Ana Dione, Assistant Secretary Mariano Alquiza, and Overseas Workers Welfare Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac.
The first Build Build Build jobs caravan was held in August 2018 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.