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Korean shipbuilding firm opens jobs, welcomes Aklanon applicants

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (4 April) -- If all other major shipyards and foreign companies follow suit and invest in the Philippines just like what the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Contruction Company (HHIC-Phil. Inc.) did, Filipinos will never lack for jobs and their families will no longer go hungry, as long as they have the necessary skills and are willing to work.

HHIC-Phil. Inc. is a major company known for shipbuilding in Korea and now expanding its operations at Subic Freeport Zone in Zambales. It is now in need of some 2,248 workers and has made contacts in Aklan for job applicants for various positions and skills related to ship building.

Vivian R. Solano, Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager here said Pyung Jong Yu, Business Department and Human Resource Manager of HHIC-Phil. Inc. recently contacted Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez about their company's need of applicants with skills and experiences in operating various cranes like overhead, gantry, bridge travel, Goliath, Jib, tower and hydraulic; transporter, lifts, and signal men.

Also needed are maintenance staff - 50 mechanical and 50 electricians, 20 plumbers, compressor operators, engineering and administrative staff.

The engineering staff must be 18-35 years of age, college graduate with major in electrical, plumbing, mechanical and marine industry while the administrative staff should be a college graduate, computer literate specializing in MS Excel, Word and Power Point, has bookkeeping skills and with experiences in Human Resource Department, Procurement, warehouse management, etc.

The shipyard also needs trainee applicants who are 18-35 years old, high school graduate or college level and skilled in welding, cutting and piping jobs. Two thousand (2,000) trainees are needed every quarter and they will undergo three months training and enjoy training allowance.

Interested applicants, said Gov. Marquez, must go to PESO-Aklan with their resume, ID pictures and employment certificates.

In a related development, the Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) remains confident the country is still a competitive business destination for Japan despite issues of high cost of labor, telecommunication, electricity and taxes as reflected in the 17th Survey of Investment-Related Cost Comparison in Major Cities and Regions in Asia.

The survey also revealed information and communication technology and automotive sectors remain an enticing investment opportunity for Japanese firms because of the pluses like human resources and lower office space rent despite relatively high basic charges for landline and mobile phones, as well as corporate income taxes.

A total of 269 Japanese firms are now in the Philippines, mostly inside export processing zones engaged in electronics, semiconductors and automotive parts. (PIA) [top]

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