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University of Batangas Job Placement Office (UB JPO) under the leadership of Mrs. Anna Louisa L.
Cauntay was awarded as the Regional Bayanihan Service Awardee for Educational Institution Category.
The award recognized the essential contribution of UB JPO who exemplify successful innovations,
perseverance, and intentional humanitarian service to the community for the displaced and vulnerable
workers to cope with the adverse effects of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Service to Fellowmen is one of UB’s core values that is heavily ingrained in the hearts and minds of all
Brahmans. Since January 2020, Batangueños have faced numerous challenges. As soon as community
quarantine was implemented in March, we immediately shifted gears for the continuous delivery of
services online”, shared Mrs. Anna Louisa L. Cauntay, UB JPO Manager.
Mrs. Cauntay described how the office, through her committed staff, implemented innovation,
resilience, and humanitarian assistance to improve the lives of those afflicted by the pandemic's
impacts. The Online Employment Toolkit included Anti-Illegal Recruitment, Labor Education, Resume
Writing, Interview Techniques, Labor Market Information, Work Ethics, Philjobnet, and Pre-Employment
Orientation recommendations and reading materials were given to graduating students via UB email,
the virtual conduct of Local Recruitment Activity and a Job Fair through collaborations with local
businesses and the assistance of the University's IT Department and the implementation of a virtual
livelihood program “Basahan para sa Kinabukasan” on December 14, 2020, which taught women how to
manufacture rags out of discarded and old garments, resulting in the group earning at least Php
9,700.00, showed the office's efforts to embrace innovation. Every summer, the office conducts an
annual survey to determine the job situation of graduates, a testament of the office’s commitment
towards resiliency. Those who lost their employment as a result of the pandemic were included in the
2020 survey results. These graduates were asked to submit an updated resume and were connected to
recognized firms with job openings that matched their skills. Other placement services conducted online
were employment coaching, career guidance, career advising and SPES. Finally, humanitarian services
were part of the office's mission. The UB Job Placement Office believed that it could do more by
assisting its fellow citizens in different ways. It cooperated with other university departments and other
groups to broaden its reach and have a major effect while maintaining the quality of its primary tasks.
Among its humanitarian efforts are the Donation Drive for PPE for Medical frontliners, Brahman Athletes
Balik Probinsya Program, Donation Drive for Typhoon Rolly victims, and Tanglaw Bravo, UBnited: UB as
Mrs. Cauntay assures to continuously be proactive in responding to the people’s needs. The JPO
Manager was also extremely thankful for the honor, and she expressed her heartfelt gratitude to the
administration and all employees who assisted them in successfully bringing forth the actual worth and
function of UB Job Placement Office.