99 displaced workers of Cebu BPO firm rehired

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[/caption] Citing a report of DOLE Region 7 director Ma. Gloria Tango, DOLE secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz Baldoz said 341 of the 638 workers of Direct Access registered for the two-day special job fair held exclusively for the displaced workers. The special job fair, facilitated by the DOLE, was held at the Asiatown IT Park in Lahug, Cebu City, on August 3-4, 2012. It offered mostly cal center agents positions. In her report, Tango said nine IT companies that participated in the special job fair interviewed the 341 registered applicants, of which 85 applicants underwent further trade test, while 30 were scheduled for final interview. ?All in all, 99 of the 341 applicants were hired,? Tango said. IT firms Qualfon Philippines hired 92 while Sykes hired seven workers. The other companies, Aegis People Support, Eperformax, Kudo Support, Stream Global, Teleperformance, Vector (BPO), and XIIbris did not hire any during the special job fair, but are considering some applications. Tango said the DOLE Region 7 Quick Response Team (QRT) has already offered the affected displaced workers, who were not instantly hired, the integrated package of assistance provided by DOLE in such eventualities. She said the package of assistance includes employment services, such as job matching and referral, employment guidance and counseling, skills re-training and upgrading and livelihood and/or entrepreneurship development and assistance to workers in obtaining their separation benefits and other forms of subsidy to marginalized and less competitive displaced workers and their dependents including out-of-school, out-of-work youth. Earlier, Baldoz directed Tango to involve the regional industry tripartite council in the BPO sector in the QRT activities, and to determine, based on the report on displacement, what first-line services are needed for the relief of the displaced workers. A QRT is a DOLE strategy to monitor industry closures and retrenchment due to the adverse effects of business environment, such as globalization and economic crises, and to provide immediate integrated package of assistance to displaced workers including their dependents. ]]>

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