• CDC, Clark locators launch job fair for PWDs, IPs

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    THE  Clark Development Corporation (CDC), in cooperation with the Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA), will launch a job fair for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and indigenous peoples (IPs) on July 29 at the event center of SM Clark.

    The job fair is in response to an earlier appeal from CDC president Arthur P. Tugade, who asked locators and investors of the Clark Freeport “to go the extra mile” when hiring PWDs and IPs.

    At least 15 to 20 Clark locators are expected to participate in the jobs fair.

    Tugade said that transport vehicles will be made available to PWDs and IPs who will be attending the event.

    Last June 19, Tugade met with human resources managers of top employers inside the Freeport to consider the hiring of PWDs and IPs as something “that comes from the heart” and not as a requirement or imposition.

    When he assumed the position as CDC head, Tugade was firm in reminding all CDC employees from accepting gifts or favors from clients — until now.

    “But this time I have to muster enough guts to ask and accept that favor or gift from you — a guarantee that you will provide employment for the physically-challenged and/or indigenous people,” said Tugade during the said meeting.

    The meeting with HR managers was attended by Ruby S. Chavez-Madria and Jackielyn Navarrete of Nanox Philippines, Angie Casasola of Yokohama Tires Philippines, Nathalie Valeros of Texas Instruments Philippines, Rowena Villanueva and Shenna Lacsamana of Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation (PSPC) and Gizelle De Guzman from Luen Thai Philippines.

    Tugade said he will also meet HR managers of other locators and officials of local government units (LGUs) to make the same appeal — an integral component of the Persons with Disabilities Employment in Clark Program (PWD-ECP) and assistance to Aetas.

    Last June 10, Tugade and CILA president Rene Banzon signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) “to boost the productivity of PWDs from areas contiguous to the Clark Freeport Zone.”

    The MOA formalizes the commitment of both parties to go the extra mile when hiring PWDs to boost and achieve objectives of the government as embodied under Republic Act 7277 or the “Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.” PNA

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