Looking for work? Robredo office launches free platform for jobseekers

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 11 2020 12:56 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo attends a fellowship program at the Quezon City Reception House on March 6, 2020. Jay Ganzon, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA — The office of Vice President Leni Robredo has launched a free online platform for jobseekers and for companies in need of workers, as the coronavirus pandemic left millions of Filipinos jobless. 
The Sikap.PH website has 2,796 job openings posted by various companies, as of 5 p.m. Thursday, said the Office of the Vice President. 

“We have been receiving a lot of SOS messages from people looking for work. When we were doing our shuttle services, we had passengers who were doing door-to-door job applications,” Robredo said in a statement on Friday. 

“We hope that, through this platform, they would have an easier time finding work opportunities,” she added. 

Below is a guide on how jobseekers can use the platform, said Robredo. 

Tech company Elevatech Solutions built the website Sikap.PH, said the OVP. Robredo's office calls the initiative “bayanihanapbuhay,” a play on the Filipino words for community spirit and livelihood. 

The OVP said the project also had the backing of EMS Services Philippines, Inc. (ESPI), D.M. Consunji, Inc., Lots'a Pizza, Concentrix, Empire East Land Holdings, AECOM Philippines, GET Philippines, McBride Corporation, Omni Petroleum Corp, and Solarwinds Software Asia PTE LTD - Philippines Branch.

Other employers interested in joining the platform may send their details to bayanihanapbuhay@ovp.gov.ph. 

The pandemic has left some 3.3 million Filipinos jobless, according to the labor department’s records. This is fewer than the Philippine Statistics Authority’s estimate of 4.6 million jobless Filipinos as of July.