06 May 2017

Subic companies open 3,000 jobs on Labor Day

More than 3,000 jobs were offered to jobseekers here on Monday during a jobs fair organized by locator-companies and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Labor Department in line with the celebration of Labor Day.

SBMA Administrator Wilma Eisma said the huge volume of jobs being opened to workers could be attributed to the growing number of investments in the Freeport, and the participation of businessmen from the nearby city of Olongapo.

Eisma said more than 100 business locators participated in the job fair and offered jobs ranging from housekeeping, various skilled positions for electricians, plumbers and welders, and engineers.

Thousands of applicants from Olongapo and the nearby provinces of Zambales and Bataan filled the jobs fair venue at the Ayala Harbor Point mall to full capacity, she said.

The SBMA official added that the increasing number of job openings in the Freeport indicates the growing success of the SBMA in attracting more investors to Subic.

“As of late, Evergreen Shipping Company made its maiden voyage at the port of Subic. The SBMA also negotiated for the establishment of an industrial city at the Redondo Peninsula, and last week the country’s first ship-to-ship transfer operation of liquefied natural gas commenced here. All these signal more jobs and more opportunities for local workers,” Eisma said.

She also noted that while SBMA is doing its best to attract new investors, it also promotes harmonious working relationships between workers and management, and initiates projects for workers’ welfare.

“We believe that quality performance by employees is not only the end result of getting good salary or working in a big company. Quality performance also comes about if workers feel good about their employers, and if investors feel good about their employees and the SBMA,” she explained.

Meanwhile, SBMA labor manager Severo Pastor Jr. said the job fair was just one of the activities they organized for the Labor Day celebration here.

“We had a fun run, and as early as 5:30 in the morning, we already had 750 worker-runners doing the 3-kilometer fun run around the Freeport’s Central Business District. Then we also had a company float parade, singing contest, and muse and dance competitions,” Pastor said.

The contestants in the various competitions were all workers from Subic-based companies, he added.

Pastor also said that during the May 1 event, Freeport workers choose to relax alongside colleagues from other companies, as well as SBMA employees.

“We make a big difference here in Subic because while many of our labor organizations are joining street protests and rallies to celebrate Labor Day, workers in Subic Freeport run for fun and good health. This is a day for camaraderie and to thank every member of the labor sector for a job well done,” he added. (RAV/MPD-SBMA)


Workers from business-locators in the Subic Bay Freeport take part in a fun run, motorcade, and singing and dance contests organized by the SBMA Labor Department to celebrate the International Labor Day. A jobs fair offering local and overseas jobs was also conducted for jobseekers in cooperation with the Olongapo City Public Employment and Services Office. (AMD/MPD-SBMA)