Two licensed recruitment agencies to assist Yolanda victims by recruiting 500 workers for abroad free of charge


Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz on Thursday said two top-notch licensed recruitment agencies in the country have committed to assist typhoon “Yolanda” worker-victims by recruiting them for overseas jobs free of charge.

One of the two companies, Skills International Co., Inc., has written Baldoz a letter expressing sadness over the devastating effects of the typhoon to the Visayans and expressed readiness to initially “help 200 affected families by sending a family member to work abroad free of charge”.

Marivic Daas, President of Skills International Co. Inc. personally visited Baldoz in her office and delivered relief goods for the typhoon victims.

“We would like to work in partnership with the DOLE in any project to help the Filipinos,” Daas said.

The second company, one of the leading licensed recruitment agencies in the country, has also pledged to DOLE, through the Philippine Overseas Recruitment Administration (POEA), to recruit more than 300 workers in typhoon-ravaged areas, specifically Samar and Leyte, for its overseas client in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac reported to the Secretary that International Skills Development (ISD), a major player in overseas recruitment, has pledged to hire over 300 workers for ABV Rock Group, one of its principal clients in the Kingdom.

Cacdac reported that ISD President Levi S. De Mesa wrote to inform him that ISD recruitment personnel will be in Cebu City to coordinate worker recruitment from Samar and Leyte.

“We will need more than 300 workers,” de Mesa said in his letter.

The ISD official said ABV Rock Group’s manpower requirements include a worker for each of the following positions: electrical supervisor; tiling foreman; civil engineering supervisor; finishing supervisor; assistant civil engineer; civil engineer; mechanical engineer; finishing marble works foreman; finishing for doors, gypsum and ceiling foreman; assistant supervisor, finishing group assistant supervisor; finishing supervisor; general foreman; technician; and welder.

The company also needs to hire electrical foremen (2 personnel); mason block works and plastering foremen (3); masons, block works and plastering workers (25); tiling and finishing masons (15); marble fixers/installer masons (15); finishing carpenters for doors, gypsum and ceiling (34); shuttering carpenters (62); painters (27); steel fixers (52); scaffolders (15); scaffolding foremen (2); and steel fixers (35).

“This is a magnanimous and timely offer of employment assistance,” said Baldoz of the ISD pledge.

“It complements our thrust to intensify the provision of local and all other employment services through the DOLE’s regional offices, Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), and attached agencies,” she added, expressing thanks to the two companies for the gesture of support.

Last week, Baldoz had directed all DOLE regional offices and PESOs to exert all-out effort in providing victims of the calamity employment facilitation, livelihood, and training assistance.

Founded in 1981, the ISD enjoys the stature as “one of the premiere and top recruitment companies of the Philippines”. It is a recipient of POEA’s Hall of Fame Award, the recruitment industry’s prestigious Award of Excellence, and the Presidential Award, the highest award, for sustained, outstanding and exemplary performance.

On the other hand, its principal, ABV Rock Group of Sweden, is a global construction industry leader employing many highly skilled Filipino workers in Saudi Arabia, where the company is noted for its sustained quality reliability, both as a principal and specialist contractor in interlinked sectors of the Saudi economy covering buildings and civil works, construction of highways and pipelines, airports, hospitals, industrial plants, dams, bridges, and underground storage and tunneling.

In a related development, Cacdac reported that the POEA, in partnership with the licensed overseas employment sector, will visit Ormoc City from 13-14 December to conduct a relief and medical mission and profile candidates for a January 2014 job fair.

“Aside from the relief and medical mission, we will already profile prospective OFWs, see to it that they have basic documents, such as birth certificates and clearances, and alert them of the overseas job fair. In that way, we will already know their basic skills and inclination and so tailor the job fair vacancies that our partners will bring,” said Cacdac. PNA


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