The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is set to open around 100,000 jobs across various ecozones in the country.
PEZA Director General Charito B. Plaza made the announcement in anticipation of Monday’s Job Expo, one of the five sub-programs of its Development Outreach for Labor, Livelihood, and Advancement of Resources (DOLLAR) program.
Supporting President Duterte and Senator Bong Go’s ‘Balik Probinsya’ program, the DOLLAR program aims to help rural areas achieve progress and development.
The job fairs, which will also be available online, will be held in four public ecozones in Cavite, Cebu, Baguio, Bataan, Manila, and Mindanao on Monday. Plaza hopes that OFW repatriates will apply and, eventually, land in the new positions.
The DOLLAR Program
Aside from the Job Expo, another component of the DOLLAR program is the ‘Innovation and Livelihood Expo’. Providing a venue for local suppliers and farmers to sell their goods, the program also aims to fill up the supply gaps in ecozone locators.
PEZA will also hold an online skills training as part of its DOLLAR program. Through this activity, PEZA’s goal is to help its locator companies from IT-business process management, manufacturing and processing, and ecozone developers to have a manpower pool equipped with the right skills required in the operation of PEZA.
Meanwhile, through the DOLLAR program’s Import-Export Expo, companies are given the opportunity to display the products they import, as well as those they export, to give local entrepreneurs an idea on what to produce and encourage them to supply these products to them. In turn, there will be no need for local companies to source these products abroad.
The last component of the DOLLAR program is an aggressive investment promotion for investors for the construction of logistics and transportation hubs, power and telecommunication facilities, and food terminals in different regions, which will operate under the public-private partnership concept.