24 September 2008

Internet-based job fair set in Subic on Sept. 26-27

Job applicants take note: Landing a job at the Subic Bay Freeport will now be faster and easier with the use of Internet technology.

WOWCard, Inc., a Subic-registered company engaged in advertising, will conduct on September 26 to 27 the first Internet-based job fair in this free port at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC).

The event, which will be undertaken in partnership with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), will also launch WOWCard's job-matching facility that will utilize advanced information and communications technology (ICT) for optimum job-skills matching.

"This will be the first job fair in the Subic Bay Freeport wherein job-seekers could go through the entire process of application and hiring in just one day," SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza said.

"This Internet-based job-matching facility developed by WOWCard will not only make it easier for job applicants, it will also be available for free," he added.

According to WOWCard president Victorino Quiton, the job-matching facility dubbed as "Job@8s" will utilize an electronic database whereby investors and business locators in Subic could post job announcements and hiring requirements.

"This will make the whole recruitment and hiring process faster, more efficient and easier," Quiton enthused.

He explained that in the coming job fair, job-seekers will be asked to list their qualifications and desired positions, which will then be encoded and matched with available positions as listed by the more than 30 investor firms that have confirmed their participation in the event.

"This facility will also provide locators the window to hire highly qualified professionals even from outside the country, and, at the same time, is expected to attract more foreign investors when they learn that the recruitment and hiring process in Subic is less of a problem," Quiton added.

Aside from being the first Internet-based job fair, the coming event will also set the standards for future job fairs, Quiton disclosed, because of exhibits and entertainment that will be put up at the 5,000-capacity convention center.

He said that there will be some 50 booths for exhibits, aside from food booths to be set up at the front parking area of the SBECC, and transportation to and from the venue will also be provided.

"And while job-seekers wait in line for their application, video and live band, as well as raffle of prizes donated by locator-sponsors, will provide the sidelights of the event," Quiton said.

He also stressed that WOWCard will provide the Job@8s job assistance program even after the job fair, and it will be a free service.

The project, Arreza meanwhile said, is seen to further strengthen job creation efforts for Central Luzon workers, and also address both unemployment and underemployment in the region.

As of August, data Department of Labor and Employment's Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics indicate that Central Luzon ranks third among the 17 regions in unemployment rate with 10 percent, and 17th in underemployment rate with 8.3 percent.

Since its establishment as a free port in 1992, Subic has helped create livelihood opportunities not only for local investors, but also to workers from Central Luzon and nearby regions, Arreza said.

The Subic Bay Freeport now employs a total of 81,729 workers, most of them from Olongapo City, which now has an employment share of 39.45%. The rest comes from Zambales, 21.77%; Bataan, 13.22%; National Capital Region, 5.41%; Pampanga, 3.47%; Tarlac, 1.41%; and other areas, 15.27%. (SBMA Corporate Communications)