The city government is set to hold job caravan starting next month in its 14 barangays and in neighboring towns in Zambales in an effort to bring employment and livelihood assistance program closer the people.
City mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. cited the stream of employment and livelihood opportunities opening up as well as the flourishing business activities in the city, particularly with the impending opening of SM Olongapo and the Ayala Group’s Harbor Point.
“This job caravan is one way of ensuring that the people of Olongapo and Zambales directly benefit from the opportunities that these investments are ushering in,” Gordon said, whose administration was recently honored by a prestigious business group with the “Most Business-Friendly LGU” award.
The job caravan will be launched on December 3 at Barangays New Ilalim, New Kababae, and New Banicain in Olongapo. Later on, the job caravan will be held every last Saturday of the month in different barangays.
The city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) will lead the job caravan, in partnership with Gordon College, the Livelihood and Cooperative Development Office, the City Social Welfare and Development Office and barangay officials.
The PESO staff will assist applicants on-site in preparing and encoding their resumes. This will be followed by “job-matching” with open positions.
The team will also attend to work-related problems especially among families of displaced or distressed OFWs. An information desk will also be set up for residents interested in applying for scholarship.
The other areas in the city to be covered by the job caravan are Barangays Pag-asa, West Tapinac, East Tapinac, New Kalalake, West Bajac-Bajac, East Bajac-Bajac, Gordon Heights, Mabayuan, Kalaklan, Baretto, Old Cabalan, Old Cabalan and Sta. Rita.
PESO will also conduct the same program in the towns of Subic, Castillejos and San Marcelino in Zambales.