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What are the career prospects available in Cebu? How to proceed to find a job there? Find out in this article.

Cebu, the 6th oldest Philippine city, has the whole archipelago's second busiest airport, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which is found on Mactan Island. In fact, Cebu is a group of islands, including a main island. Its economy is the fourth largest in the country.

You must have understood by now that Cebu is an economically rich and dynamic city where you should not have much trouble in finding a job. But you are advised to take the time and inquire on its labor market's conditions and requirements before starting your job search.

Economy

For long, Filipinos have been able to enjoy the province's economic development in many aspects namely its islands and their white sand beaches and diving sites, places of interest and heritage sites, etc. Cebu has also been attracting many multinational companies due to its proximity with sea routes and intra-Asian air networks. Its economy is dominated by the service sector. Moreover, Cebu ranked 8th among the 'Top 100 BPO Destinations Report' issued in 2015 by Tholons, a consulting firm. The following are the drivers of its economy:

  • manufacturing
  • financial intermediation
  • construction
  • trade/retail trade
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • tourism-related services

In fact, ICT has widely developed in the region with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and the local industry. It definitely seems like the region aims at becoming a long-term investment destination in South-East Asia in terms of computer applications, cloud services and ICT. The top export product of Cebu is electronics, with Japan as its top market, followed by USA and China.

Cebu also hosts nearly 80% of the country's domestic and international maritime vessels operators and manufacturers thanks to extensive port facilities. The Philippines, for instance, ranked 4th among the world's biggest shipbuilders thanks to its professionals' expertise in this field. Away from ports, you will find banks, shopping malls, and many other office buildings.

Good to know:

Mactan Island hosts two economic zones, which include factories and multinational companies that have set up their subsidiaries in the region. These are the Mactan Economic Processing Zones 1 and 2 (MEPZ-1 and MEPZ-2). You will also find the Cebu Park District, which has given rise to many residential and commercial real estate projects.

Finally, you will find mining factories, among which the Cebu Limestone Mining Company, as well as quarries in Toledo, Danao and Naga.

Find a job

Other than the Philippine government job portal PhilJob Net, the province of Cebu also has a job portal called Cebu Capitol PESO, which lists both local and overseas opportunities. Most expatriates are employed as CEOs and managers in the economic zones so you might also want to check the vacancies in the companies located within these zones. The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) website lists all operating zones by industry and location. Otherwise, you have the Internet and job sites such as Indeed and Glassdoor. Mynimo is a local job portal for the Philippines that you can also use. Once successful, you can check this article to guide you with obtaining a visa.

If you are already in the country, feel free to inquire about the major companies operating across the country and select a few to which you can send spontaneous job applications.

Useful links:

Government of Cebu
Cebu PESO
PEZA
Glassdoor
Indeed
Mynimo
PhilJob Net

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