By Leslie Ann Aquino
Ninety-nine former Hanjin workers were among those hired-on-the-spot during Saturday’s Build Build Build Jobs Caravan at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.
The Department of Labor and Employment identified former Hanjin employee Marino Alquino, a skilled welder, as one of them.
“Considering his skills and work experience as welder, Alquino was immediately hired by New Masinloc Construction and Supply,” said DOLE.
Alquino 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 from Castillejos, Zambales, decided to visit the caravan.
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.
Hanjin earlier filed for bankruptcy with the remaining 3,800 workers already set to end their contracts on February 15.
According to DOLE, a total of 186 jobseekers which include the former Hanjin workers, were hired on-the-spot.
Most of those hired immediately were for the position of welders, electricians, mason, fitter, engineers, drivers, painters, scaffolders, riggers, administrative assistants/clerks, and sales/marketing staff.
“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 in a statement.
The one-day fair drew a total 4,051 applicants, 2,464 of which were Hanjin workers.
It was participated in by 103 employers which offered over 25,000 jobs.
The first Build Build Build jobs caravan was held in August 2018 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.