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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Internet to create 100,000 jobs in Subic

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority officials have pinned their hopes on an online job matching system to reach the agency’s target of 100,000 new jobs in the free port by 2010.

SBMA Administrator Armand Arreza said the system seeks to address the issue of job-skills mismatch and employment gaps.

“At the same time, it assures present and future locators in the free port of readily available human resources with the skills and work background they need for their projects,” he said.

Developed by WOWCard Inc., a firm that recently launched the first Internet-based job fair in this free port, the system is designed to allow for the pooling and skills classification of available manpower.

Victorino Quiton, WOWCard Inc. president, said the whole job-hunting process has now been reduced to accomplishing a form that is uploaded to a database at www.job8s.com, where applicants can avail themselves of free featured services.

These include online job search, online matching, online forum where job seekers and employers may negotiate, data center support service and a short message service (SMS), which sends text messages about job openings that match one’s qualifications.

“So far, 48 employers offering more than 20 job types have met close to 1,600 job seekers through the online job-skills matching system,” Quiton said.

Ramon Agregado, SBMA senior deputy administrator for support services, said that with the WOWCard system, digital information on applicants could be sent to participating employers who could inform job seekers on the status of their application through SMS notification.

“We are always stepping up efforts to sign in more businesses -- BPOs (business process outsourcing), call centers, manufacturing -- just about anything to match the abundant labor force in the Greater Subic Area, which includes Olongapo City, Zambales and Bataan,” Agregado said.

In a statement, the SBMA said the Internet-based job fair was held in Zambales last Oct. 9 to be followed in Bataan on Oct. 18.

Similar job fairs will be held in the Clark Freeport and Pampanga areas, SBMA said.

SBMA officials said the agency has started linking with local colleges and universities to help them develop curricula to fit the overall development plan for Subic Freeport and Central Luzon.

“With technology on our side -- and considering that for the past two years, SBMA has been averaging from 8,000 to 10,000 new jobs annually -- this goal [of 100,000 jobs by 2010] is achievable,” Agregado said. By Robert Gonzaga - Inquirer Central Luzon Desk

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