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SBMA virtual job fair keeps job-hunting safe under pandemic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) launched last Sept. 21 a three-day virtual job fair to provide employment opportunities to job-seekers via video conferencing.

SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma said the project is expected to be a game-changer as applicants can meet potential employers, fill up forms, and file application letters without leaving the safety of their homes.

A total of 16 Subic Bay Freeport locators, as well as 18 other companies, and two government agencies—the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Zambales—have joined the event to roll out a total of 695 jobs.

On the other hand, at least 3,670 job applicants have pre-registered as of last Saturday for the job fair scheduled via Google Meet on Sept. 21 to 23, at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“This online jobs fair is an answer to the prayers of our people,” Eisma said in her message during the virtual opening program. “This is the first online jobs fair in Subic, and under the present circumstances, it will not be the last.”

“The pandemic also affects us here in Subic, but we are proud to say that we try to find solutions, to look for ways by which we can continue providing for our loved ones in these abnormal times,” she added.

Among the firms that offered job are: Tokiwa Subic Corp.; Subic Xin Hong Corp.; Sam’s Group of Companies; Juan Fong Industrial Corp.; PA Support Subic Ltd. Inc./Play-Asia; Pactec Subic Bay Inc.; Materion Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Philippine Branch); Toyota Subic Inc.; Strategic Channel for Career Development (SCCD) Corporation; Subic Asia Pacific Marine Resources Inc.; Subic Bay Freeport Grain Terminal Services, Inc.; Uptimised Corporation; SBDMC, Inc.; Philippines Easepal Tech. Ltd Corp.; and FFP Concept Planning Solutions Corp.

Among the positions being offered are: Quality control staff, warehouseman, loading clerk, nurse, accounting staff, chef, cook, kitchen staff, restaurant manager, marketing staff, sewer, pattern maker, customer service staff, sales representative, credit and collection staff, audit staff, mechanic/ welder, production operators and helpers, mechanical technician, painter, fabrication helper, human resources assistant, office aide, utility worker, finance manager, mason, architect, civil engineer, and driver.

Eisma said that like in previous face-to-face job fairs, applicants must also prepare copies of their resume, recent 2”x2” pictures, PSA birth certificate, diploma or transcript of records, NBI and police clearances, and other certificates. “Only this time, these documents must be in digital form,” she added.

According to the SBMA Labor Department, applicants must first register online at https://forms.gle/nWZ3Myy13vL63vgW9 in order to receive the link for the virtual job fair platform.

The links will only be accessible at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the three days of the virtual job fair.

Upon clicking the link, the applicants will be redirected to the SBMA Labor Department virtual platform, which contain virtual booths of participating companies.

Applicants may freely browse for job openings, and submit applications to different positions where they qualify.

Every end of the day, the companies will fill out an exit form to record if there were any applicant hired on the spot and to receive feedbacks to improve the virtual job fair.

The virtual job fair was part of the National Tourism Week celebration here that was organized  to promote Subic Bay in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and NLEX Corporation.

Other online activities during the weeklong program are a free web seminar on the “Filipino Brand of Excellence” to be conducted by DOT Region 3 office on Sept. 21-23; and the “Subic Bay Got Talent” online singing competition with elimination rounds on Sept. 22 and 23 and finals on Sept. 25.

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