UP to 3,000 jobs are up for grabs in a manufacturing company that has approached the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to announce the mass hiring, the agency said on Sunday.

In a statement, the department said EMS Components Assembly and Alliance Mansols, Inc. had written DoLE about its need for thousands of workers for electronics manufacturing.

The company will be needing workers for Lima Technopark in Batangas, its letter said.

“We currently have a strategic campaign to capture business but [it] involves hiring 3,000 workers,” said EMS President Perry A. Ferrer in the letter.

He added the workers are needed in March and April.

DoLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III described the job opening as a “silver lining” amid the threat posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on employment. The government has imposed restrictions on travel into and from Metro Manila while telling business establishments to limit their operations, hitting jobs in the services sector.

The Labor secretary recently held a consultative tripartite meeting with employers from the private sector and labor groups to come up with action plans to address the impact of COVID-19 on the labor force.

On the job opportunities offered by Mr. Ferrer, Labor chief Mr. Bello said: “This is proof that there are opportunities in adversities.” — Gillian M. Cortez