By Leslie Ann Aquino
Displaced workers of Korean shipbuilder, Hanjin Heavy Industries, will be prioritized during the job fair in Subic Bay this Saturday, the Department of Labor and Employment said.
“Our target there are the Hanjin workers, those who were displaced by the closure of Hanjin,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III told a press briefing Wednesday.
He added that the Labor department already profiled close to 3,000 Hanjin workers who may be qualified for the various openings.
Hanjin earlier filed for bankruptcy with the remaining 3,800 workers already set to end their contracts on February 15.
However, Bello said the job fair will be open to all job seekers in Central Luzon and nearby areas who have skills in construction and related fields.
“With about 77 companies offering more than 22,000 vacancies, we are opening the jobs caravan to all skilled jobseekers,” he said.
Bello said the participating companies are in need of over 22,000 skilled workers mostly carpenters, pipe-fitters, steel men, welders, scaffolders, electricians, painters, masons, and laborers.
He said that the number of companies in need of skilled workers may further increase.
“We are thankful to the companies for making available opportunities not only for skilled workers in Central Luzon but also in surrounding provinces. These workers are mostly needed as we push the Build Build Build infrastructure program of the Duterte government,” Bello said.
The job fair, which is part of the Build Build Build infrastructure program of the government, will be held at the SBMA gymnasium in Subic.
The jobs caravan is a collaborative undertaking of DOLE and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, with full support from the Build Build Build agencies – the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation, Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, National Economic Development Authority, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority. Also supporting the job fair are the Department of Trade and Industry and the Clark Development Corporation.