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Subic jobs fair hires hundreds

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Thousands of jobseekers were given a new lease on life, while hundreds were hired on-the-spot during the second “Build Build Build = Jobs Jobs Jobs” caravan held at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone over the weekend.

The one-day activity was designed to help the unemployed, especially the displaced workers of Korean shipbuilder Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the job fair came at a perfect time.

A total of 4,051 applicants attended the job fair, wherein 2,464 or 60.8 percent were former Hanjin employees.

The remaining 1,587 or 39.2 percent came in as walk-in applicants.

Around 30,000 jobs were available from 106 employers who participated in the event.

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the job fair came at a perfect time, especially since the government is going full blast in its “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program to spur economic activities in the country.

Some 186 applicants were hired on-the-spot, 99 of which were former workers of the bankrupt shipbuilding firm.

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