Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday encouraged workers who have evacuated their communities because of Typhoon Yolanda to register with Public Employment Services Offices (PESOs) in the places where they have relocated so they can be prioritized for vacant jobs.

“After they have settled, and if they wish to search for new jobs, I urge them to go to the nearest PESO in their areas and register,” said Baldoz, who has alerted the PESOs nationwide, particularly those in areas spared by Typhoon Yolanda to prepare for the possible influx of workers, particularly from Eastern Visayas–composed of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar provinces, who may have left these places to start their lives afresh.

“I also encourage them, if they have online access, to register with the PhilJobnet, the government’s online job search and job-skill matching portal, whose address is,” Baldoz added.

Baldoz has also instructed the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), which supervises PESO operation, to coordinate with PESOs in urban areas and ready itself with technical assistance and other support services so the PESOs can accommodate worker-registrants.

She explained that qualified workers who have registered in the PESOs will also have the chance of being matched with employers in any of the close to 100 job fairs the DOLE will conduct in the remaining days of November and in December in various regions.

“For a complete schedule of these job fairs, please visit the PESO nearest you or, if the you have online access, browse and click on the tab, Job Fair Schedule,” she said.

Asked if there are jobs waiting for displaced workers who have evacuated typhoon-ravaged areas, Baldoz answered in the affirmative, saying that as of yesterday, 149,778 job vacancies are posted in the PhilJobnet, ranging from those for sales clerks, with 20,968 vacancies; merchandisers (12,271); production/factory workers (5,470); laborers (5,035); service crew (4,285); promo salespersons (6,996);

Cashiers (2,728); call center agents (2,696);  street sweepers (1,576); general waiters (1,363); salesmen (1,334); customer service assistants (1,802); sales associate professionals (1,744); and staff nurses (1,198).

Companies recruiting through the PhilJobnet have also need for general cooks (1,142); checkers (1,052); car drivers (1,025); general masons (1,009); production machine operators (972);  baby sitters (939); baggers (779); welders (765); forklift operators (734); steelmen (698); marketing staff (660); general electricians (656); junior supervisors or management trainees (645); janitors (632); utility workers (620); security guards (619); general carpenters (607); and gasoline pump workers (560).

Rounding up the Top 50 PhilJobnet vacancies as of yesterday are those for construction carpenters (556 vacancies); building electricians (525); government clerks (466); quality assurance inspectors (465); pipe fitters (454); stock clerks (441);  warehousemen (418); office clerks (416); plumbers (414); general civil engineers (408);  airconditioning technician sales coordinators (404); automotive mechanics (396);  household attendants (388); accounting staff (381); cash collectors (379); and painters (375).
Baldoz further said POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac is under her standing order to mobilize its resources, partners, and allies and conduct overseas job fairs for workers in typhoon-stricken areas as soon as these are feasible.

“He is coordinating with licensed recruitment agencies posting their job vacancies in the PhilJobnet, particularly those from the Visayas, to participate in the job fairs to participate in the job fairs,” said Baldoz.


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