Ayala Foundation hosts job fair in Calauan, Laguna

Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI), in partnership with the Municipal Government of Calauan, Laguna; Don Bosco Calauan; the Franciscan Sisters; Habitat for Humanity; Consuelo Foundation; and eSkills Network, organized a job fair for residents of Southville 7, a 107-hectare resettlement site in the area.

Southville 7 of Calauan, Laguna, is one of AFI’s partner communities for its Sustainable Livelihood program. Through this program, AFI hopes to provide households in its communities access to skills training programs, livelihood opportunities, financial services, and connection to markets so they may have gainful employment or diversified sources of income.

The job fair attracted over 200 job aspirants, with 22 residents hired on the spot.
Southville 7 is home to more than 6,000 families, many of whom relocated from the danger zones of Metro Manila or were severely affected by the floods of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. One of the many families affected by typhoon Ondoy was that of 20 year old Ginelyn Dagodog.

“Our house was flooded, so we had to leave. We lost everything. The flood was so high, you couldn’t even find our house anymore,” shares Ginelyn.

After losing their home to the flood brought by typhoon Ondoy, Ginelyn and her parents had to move to the relocation site of Calauan. “It was difficult at first to live here. Everything is new, and everything is so far away from where we used to live,” shared Ginelyn.

While living by the floodways of Pasig City back in 2009, getting a job for her father was easy, she said. Now that they lived in Calauan, miles away from Metro Manila, it was already a challenge. While the rest of the family stays at home, her father now occasionally finds odd jobs to earn a living.

Despite the challenges, however, things are finally looking up for Ginelyn. During the Calauan job fair, Ginelyn was one of the 22 residents who were hired on the spot. She was hired as a landscaper.

Prior to the job fair, Ginelyn joined AFI’s Landscape, Installation, and Maintenance Training, where she was accredited by TESDA, earning a National Certificate Level II. “I love to plant, so when I learned about the training I really wanted to join and give it a try.”

“I’m really happy that I have a job. Now I can help my family,” said Ginelyn.

Companies that joined the job fair were Altaserv Inc., Joseph Server & Associates, Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines) Inc., Alliance Mansols Inc., Asiapro Cooperative, Makati Development Corporation, and Integrated Recycling Industries.

Through its partners, Ayala Foundation continues to provide skills training and sustainable livelihood opportunities to the families of Calauan. It likewise continues to seek partners who wish to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to the community.

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