41 typhoon Pablo victims get jobs in Doha

Posted at 02/05/2013 12:46 PM | Updated as of 02/05/2013 12:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Forty-one workers from typhoon-devastated Davao region were hired to work for Qatar Airways for its airport operations in Doha, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced.

“The 41 workers are among the 165 workers who signified interest to work as cabin cleaners and cargo loaders for Qatar Aviation Services in Doha,” said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

Baldoz said the Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) is a subsidiary of Qatar Airways that provides ground handling support services at the Doha International Airport in Qatar.

She said DOLE Regional Office No. 11 facilitated the recruitment of the newly-hired workers on January 25 during a special recruitment activity that benefited the workers who were victims of typhoon Pablo.

“The special recruitment by QAS is a welcome opportunity for workers in Region 11, especially those who were affected by Typhoon Pablo. Originally, QAS was to conduct the recruitment only in Cebu and Manila, so I am pleased that it included Davao in its prospective source of applicants,” said Baldoz.

During the special recruitment, 84 applicants passed the pre-screening process. Of the number, 41 applicants were finally selected as qualified to work as cabin cleaners (31) and cargo loaders (10).

“The DOLE, together with the country's PESO (Public Employment Service Offices) network, is committed to facilitate the employment of our workers through various means, like this special recruitment activity, particularly if there is no cost involved on the part of the jobseekers,” she said.