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The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has formally launched its Online Recruitment Portal (ORP), digitizing the agency’s recruitment process from application to appointment.

The launching of ORP (http://jobs.ppa.com.ph) is also in response to the “new normal” being implemented by the government to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by reducing, if not eliminating, face-to-face transactions, PPA said in a statement.

It added that the portal is in accordance with the directive of the Civil Service Commission to adopt guidelines allowing for online recruitment and selection processes.

PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago said the ORP will pave the way for the hiring of personnel needed to plug additional manpower requirements of the ports authority while the country is still under the state of public health emergency due to COVID-19.

“The ORP is a solution and productivity tool serving as an online platform in facilitating the submission of employment applications both for internal and external applicants of PPA,” Santiago said.

“The system likewise provides for online competency assessment, video conferencing for interviews, and deliberations by the PPA Promotion and Selection Board,” Santiago added.

PPA Human Resource Management Department manager Mark Jon Palomar, for his part, said the portal is linked to the agency’s Human Resource Information System (HRIS) recruitment model.

“HRIS automates various recruitment, selection and placement processes from the publication of vacant positions, evaluation of credentials, scheduling of exam/interview, shortlisting of applicants, and generation of relevant HR database, among others,” Palomar added.

The ORP complements PPA’s online examination implemented last April in order not to disrupt the process amidst the pandemic.

PPA has approximately 3,500 plantilla positions and some 1,700 are already occupied. More than a thousand positions will be filled using the ORP in order to provide vital personnel in all of PPA’s port management offices and terminal management offices as the agency has been undermanned for sometime.

It is also expected to help government in its employment drive after massive unemployment and lay-offs have been experienced by Filipinos here and abroad because of the pandemic.

“We are doing our best to provide Filipinos equal opportunities to land a government position amid this pandemic. If they meet the standard qualification for the job as well as other regulatory and statutory requirements to land the position, they will be hired by the agency,” Santiago said.

Commissioned by PPA in 2019, Cosmotech Philippines designed and developed the system.

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