Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday commended a large poultry dressing plant in San Jacinto, Pangasinan after it has pledged to the DOLE, through its Regional Office No. 1, to hire 100 workers from Samar and Leyte who were displaced by Typhoon Yolanda. “We are heartened by this display of compassion and demonstration of corporate social responsibility by one of our private sector partners, the San Vicente Dressing Plant Corporation,: said Baldoz, who was informed of the pledge by DOLE Regional Office No. 1 regional Director Grace Ursua. San Vicente Dressing Plant Corporation is an ISO-certified company and a Class AA poultry dressing facility accredited by the National Meat Inspection Service of the Department of Agriculture. It is a contracted toll plant for San Miguel Foods, Inc.’s and meat business and a supplier of chicken products to big companies in Luzon. It is one of the companies belonging to the Kenwood Holdings Group. In her report, Director Ursua said to Secretary Baldoz that Kenwood Holdings has tied up with DOLE Regional Office No. 1 to hire 100 qualified and able to workers who are victims of Typhoon Yolanda from Samar and Leyte provinces. “On its own, Kenwood Holding is embarking on a corporate social responsibility project “Tulong Trabaho sa Mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda” in San Vicente, San Jacinto, Pangasinan to provide employment opportunities with a long-term impact to the typhoon victims as a means of helping them rebuild their lives,”said Ursua. Kenwood Holding will hire truck drivers and helpers, office personnel, checkers, quality control technicians, processing crew, cashiers and maintenance mechanics for its San Vicente Dressing Plant located in Barangay San Vicente, San Jacinto, Pangasinan. “We have conceptualized this project in view of the necessities and needs of the calamity victims and our company would like to humbly share its contribution in addressing their tragic plight,” said George Li, Kenwood Holdings owner and general manager. Those who will be hired will be paid the prevailing minimum wage rate in Pangasinan where they are deployed and other statutory mandatory wage-related benefits. They will also be provided with quarters/housing; uniforms and extra clothing; medical assistance, if necessary; and meal subsistence until the first salary is received. Ursua further reported that the DOLE Regional Office No. 1 and the human resource management team of Kenwood Holdings are already coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for the identification and location of possible applicants. “The regional office and the Kenwood Holdings representatives will conduct recruitment and selection at identified relocation sites. Those who will be hired will be brought by the company for free from the relocation site to their workplaces. The company will induct and orient the successful applicants,” she said. To be qualified for the job vacancies, the worker-applicants must be duly certified by the DSWD or NDRRMC as victims of typhoon Yolanda; they should be 18 years old and above; and must meet the educational requirements needed for the job. Other documentary requirements include valid IDs, 2×2 picture, birth certificate issued by the NSO, NBI clearance and other available credentials such as training certificates, diploma, and transcript of records. End/LetMaring With report from Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

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