Jobs up for ‘Yolanda’ survivors

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Friday, December 13, 2013


TWELVE survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) who sought refuge in Davao City have already landed a job through the assistance of the Public Employment Services Office in the city, an official said.

Peso Davao manager Lilibeth D. Pantinople told reporters the on Wednesday that of the 30 survivors who came up to them for assistance, 12 have already given a job in private companies.

Those who were accepted are: Rodrin S. Alforque, an electrical engineer at Davao Reach Global; Ronald Bustillo, a security guard at Greengold Security & Investigation Services; Cloyd Mercado and Deryl Mañas, baggers, and Syril Tabaranza, cashier at Felcris; Kennith Mañas, bagger at SM City Davao; Andrew Verona, technician at McDonalds; Thessa Torre, management trainee at SM Lanang Premier; Jervie Mercado, sales lady at Gaisano Mall of Davao; John Ray Melchor, electrical engineer at MMI Construction; and Joy Verona and Rafael Paglinawan, call center agents at Sutherland.

"The 30 of them have undergone screening in November for job matching. The others who have yet to land a job are still undergoing final screening," Pantinople said.

She said they are thankful to the companies who did not require strict compliance when it comes to the needed documents.

"They were very kind since they only asked for the resume while the rest of the documents will be to follow," she said.

She said most of the survivors are looking for jobs as service crews while the older ones are looking for construction jobs.

Pantinople said their direct orders from Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was to assist in providing jobs for the survivors.

"What we did was we called the human resource of our partner companies and did a mini job fair at the training hall at the city hall last November 20," she said, adding that five were hired on the spot.

They also did another job fair last November 21, participated by 70 companies, wherein they accommodated the rest of the survivors, together with other unemployed Dabawenyos. Some 1,200 applicants joined the job fair, wherein 168 were hired on the spot.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 13, 2013.

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