U.S. firms hold job fair, offer 6,600 jobs for repatriated OFWs from Libya

Image of Offshoring Inc. staff enlisting appli...Image via WikipediaA March 8, 2011 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment

American-owned companies in the country will gather for a three-day Job Fair to offer 6,600 local opportunities to jobseekers, especially displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Libya and other countries.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, citing a report from Undersecretary Danilo P. Cruz, said the United Embassy in the Philippines has organized the three-day job fair which will gather 33 American firms on March 18 to 20, 2011 at SM North Edsa, Quezon City with 6,600 local vacancies up for grabs for interested workers especially OFWs from Libya and other countries who want to find local employment.

“The three-day, US Embassy sponsored activity dubbed the “America in 3-D Job Fair,” would prioritize qualified OFWs earlier evacuated from Libya,” Baldoz said as she cited the United States Embassy in the Philippines for joining hands with the efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), hand-in-hand with local industries and other sectors in the economy, to ease the plight of the disadvantaged OFWs displaced by the crisis in Libya.

Various American companies in the Philippines joining the fair will include those in banking-retail with 818 job opportunities and business process outsourcing or BPO and call centers offering the largest number of vacancies at 3,000.

Other U.S. firms which will also offer jobs at the fair are those engaged in IT, engineering, hotels, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and semiconductor.

Positions to be offered will include card and bank sales officers, customer service representatives, BPO agent and non-agent positions, engineers, machinist, electricians, marketing staff, HR generalists, accountants, technical officers, IT specialists, and analysts.

Baldoz earlier also cited local industries especially the mining industry in Caraga region in Mindanao, for their support to the ongoing DOLE-led efforts to ease the plight of the OFW-repatriates from Libya.

“We highly appreciate the response of the American companies and mining firms in the country to this necessary and humane initiative led by DOLE which underscores the aim of President Benigno S. Aquino III to ensure the protection and welfare of the OFWs,” Baldoz said, adding that, “we shall ensure that these joint thrusts effectively ease the plight of the OFWs from Libya and their reintegration into economic mainstream.”

The labor and employment chief, during an earlier hearing at the House of Representatives chaired by Congressman Walden F. Bello of the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs also said that at any given time, there are some 60,000 vacancies posted by local and overseas companies in the PhilJobNet system supervised by the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).

She said that skilled and qualified OFWs from Libya may access the PhilJobNet in the internet through the http://phil-job.net, adding that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) has also readied a skills assessment effort to fully assist the skills development, retooling, and upgrading needs of OFWs returning from the strife-torn country.