SEIPI seeks to hire 1,500 'Yolanda' survivors

by Fidea Encarnacion, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jan 22 2014 11:51 AM | Updated as of Jan 22 2014 07:51 PM

MANILA – Survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" in Ormoc may soon find jobs with the country's top semiconductor and electronics manufacturing companies.

The Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc. (SEIPI), whose members include foreign and Filipino companies, started its employment mission in Ormoc this week.

In an interview on DZMM on Wednesday, SEIPI board member Tito Yuchengco said they are looking to hire around 1,500 workers for its member companies.

“Nagsimula kahapon kumuha ng employees para sa member companies. Ang balita ko kahapon mga 300 yung nag-apply... Ang total na requirement namin mga 1500,” he said.

Yuchengco said there are jobs available for Epson's new plant in Laguna.

“Halimbawa kahapon, yung Epson, magtatayo ng bagong pabrika dito sa Laguna... Ang gagawin nila mga printers... 100 ata ang pumasa sa interview nila," he said.

Yuchengco said most of the applicants prefer to work in Cebu, although those who may be employed in Laguna may receive additional subsidy for transportation and housing.

“Karamihan sa kanila gusto sa Cebu sila magtrabaho. Meron din kaming mga member companies na naka-locate sa Cebu… Pwedeng gawin ng mga kumpanya, tulungan sila at bigyan ng subsidy para sa transportation at sa housing,” he said..

Yuchengco said SEIPI will provide workers with training with pay.

If SEIPI does not fill the 1,500 vacancies in Ormoc, he said they may also conduct an employment mission in other Yolanda-hit areas like Tacloban.

“First project sa Ormoc, ‘Pag di namin maaubutan yung 1,500 na kailangan namin, baka pumunta sa Tacloban or other areas,” he said.