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Online job fair continues amid Covid

To fulfill its mandate of generating jobs and other economic opportunities, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority has partnered with WorkBank Philippines Inc. to make job vacancies easily accessible to Filipinos seeking employment with PEZA-registered companies.

The initiative is in line with the Development Outreach for Labor, Livelihood, and Advancement program that was launched by the PEZA director general Charito Plaza in July last year with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Labor and Employment, and the Office of Senator Bong Go.

Even with the recent surge of coronavirus disease 2019 cases and the resulting community quarantine, Plaza reiterated that “PEZA is strongly committed and unrelenting in its efforts to promote investment and employment that will benefit Filipinos despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.”

The Dollar program initiative of conducting a virtual job fair aims to inform the public of thousands of jobs available in different types of industries in various ecozones.

Repatriated OFWs, fresh graduates, unemployed Filipinos, those who are looking for work-from-home arrangements, and any interested applicants can access the online job portal 24/7 and create their own account for free through this link: www.workbank.com/peza.

The program is also in support of Administrative Order No. 18, or “Accelerating Rural Progress Through Robust Development of Special Economic Zones in the Countryside” and Executive Order 114, or the “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa Program”.

WorkBank reported 17,500 job vacancies with 60 companies tagged under the special category for PEZA, 16 of which are currently active with jobs posted online.

Of the 16 active companies, 62 percent are business process outsourcing and call center companies, information technology, manufacturing, and transport and logistics at 12 percent.

In terms of applicants for PEZA-related companies, there are over 22,500 applicants in the first three months of 2021. From August 2020 up to the present, WorkBank recorded over 40,000 applicants.*PR

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