The Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect many Filipinos as many have lost their jobs due to the closure of establishments, cancellation of projects and downsizing of businesses. Even OFWs were forced to come home after being displaced from their overseas jobs.

The Good Guys Job Fair is SMDC’s way of bringing employment opportunities closer to local skilled workers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

In April 2021, the Philippine unemployment rate was estimated at 8.7 percent. While substantially lower than the record high of 17.6 percent from the same time last year, it still accounted for 4.14 million people who are still jobless. Sectors still affected include retail, construction and manufacturing.

Not one to hold back from extending a helping hand, the SM Development Corp. (SMDC) has hosted a series of job fairs for residents in the surrounding areas where there is an SMDC community.

Working together with the SM Foundation, SM Malls, Philippine Red Cross, local police districts, and local government units, the company invites its suppliers and contractors who accept applications for job openings for masons, electricians, housekeeping, and the like at its Good Guys Job Fair.

SMDC has already hosted job fairs in cities like Parañaque, with the most recent at Novaliches, Quezon City where they worked with the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) for their Serbisyong Tama Caravan.

“In this partnership between the public and private sector, we aim to contribute to the country’s eventual growth. Hopefully, these kinds of initiatives will strengthen the relationship between the private sector, police force, and the community,” said BGen. Antonio YarraQCPD District director.

Many of the applicants who attended the job fair were hired on the spot by SMDC’s contractors and suppliers, like Jose Nelson Mativo, who applied as a finishing mason. SMDC aims to continue rolling out the Good Guys Job Fair across all cities in the Philippines. The latest was on July 23 at the basketball court of Barangay 54 in Pasay City.

Visit https://smdc.com/ for more information about SMDC and its various community programs

Source: Manila Times