AMID the uncertainties brought into the Philippines by the global outbreak of Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday said job opportunities continue to abound in the country.
This as a manufacturing company sought the help of DOLE to find 3,000 workers for its plant in Laguna.
In a letter, Perry A. Ferrer, of EMS Components Assembly and Alliance Mansols Inc., said he is engaged in the manufacture of electronic assemblies.
The businessman said he is also a subcontractor to foreign multinational export companies located in Cebu, Laguna, Batangas, and Cavite.
“We currently have a strategic campaign to capture business but [it] involves hiring 3,000 workers,” Ferrer said. “The assembly work will be done at the Lima Technopark in Batangas,” he said.
“I need a total of 3,000 [workers] for March and April. I hope with your reach, we can provide Filipinos looking for employment,” the businessman said.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello welcomed the job openings as a “silver lining in the cloud of COVID-19 which is threatening the employment of many Filipinos.”
“This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities,” Bello said.
Ferrer’s letter came following the high level consultative meeting on COVID-19 conducted by the DOLE recently.
In that meeting, Bello called on both the employers’ organizations and labor groups to help the government ease the impact of the global outbreak.
The global outbreak has already affected travel and tourism industries as well as trade, authorities said.
A prolonged outbreak is expected to cause severe impact on employment of Filipino workers in and outside of the Philippines, they added.
“But with strong cooperation among the stakeholders, I am confident that we can triumph over challenges posed by COVID-19,” Bello said