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MVP companies hold career fest

THE companies led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan may hire as many as 500 new employees, an official said Tuesday.

“We are looking at hiring 300 to 500 employees of the total applicants here at the MVP companies Career Fest 2012,” said Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) first vice president for human resources management and development Emil Tanchico in an interview.

The total workforce of all the companies controlled by Pangilinan now stands at 27,000, said the PLDT official.

“There are 17 participating MVP-led companies this year. We are on our second year and we need people in our call center business, medical group, sales, IT [information technology], engineering, among others,” said Tanchico.

The companies under the MVP group are: PLDT, Maynilad, Meralco, Metro Pacific Investments Corp., SPi Global, Smart, Sun Cellular, TV5, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Makati Medical Center, Metro Pacific Tollways, ePLDT, iPlus, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Cignal, Philex Mining Corp., PLDT Global, Davao Doctors Hospital and Dr. Pablo O. Torre Memorial Hospital.

Close to 16,000 applicants lined up at the Megatrade Hall 2 in SM Megamall during the two-day job fair which ended yesterday.

“The MVP Career Fest is the biggest and most well-attended career fest held this year. Other career fests averaged 1,500 to 1,900 that attended on a daily basis. We are tracking almost 10,000 people daily,” said PLDT senior vice president Butch Jimenez.

Pangilinan, who attended the event, said he hopes he can accommodate everyone. “Thank you for attending this event. As they said earlier, hope all of you can be hired.”

The group includes firms involved in utilities, infrastructure, business process outsourcing, telecommunications, media, healthcare and mining. Opportunities in finance and audit, admin, logistics and procurement, broadcasting, community relations and public affairs, healthcare, human resources, legal, sales and after-sales, and technical positions are open to applicants.

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