The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) partnered with the Public Employment Services Office (PESO) XI to organize the first-ever maritime job fair in Davao City on September 15. The job fair was held in line with the Maritime Week Celebration and aimed to address the high demand for maritime graduates and job seekers. The event featured 31 companies offering a total of 2,500 local and 1,000 overseas job vacancies. Although the fair primarily targeted maritime graduates, employers also listed vacancies that were not maritime-related. Marina XI regional director, Lisa Orongan, expressed hopes of holding exclusive job fairs for the maritime industry in the future.
Remo Amatong, Marino Party-list head of operations for Mindanao, emphasized the importance of ensuring that maritime graduates find employment that matches their educational and technical skills. He stated that after investing time and money in their college degrees and technical training, it is crucial for these individuals to find suitable careers in the industry. Lilibeth Pantinople, PESO XI head, highlighted the significant demand for seafarers in crew ships and mentioned that some vacancies were for local positions to provide candidates with experience before going abroad. Pantinople also noted that Filipinos make up the majority of maritime workers globally.
The partnership between Marina and PESO XI resulted in the successful organization of the first maritime job fair in Davao City. The event aimed to address the high demand for maritime graduates and job seekers by offering a wide range of job vacancies. This initiative not only catered to maritime graduates but also included opportunities for individuals from other fields. Marina XI regional director, Lisa Orongan, expressed optimism about holding more exclusive job fairs for the maritime industry in the future. The job fair provided a platform for job seekers to connect with potential employers and find suitable career opportunities in the maritime sector.