50,000 jobs available as DPWH implements P6-B projects in Region 8 this year
Tacloban City (February 20) -- The implementation this year of 126 infrastructure projects in Region 8, will generate about 50,000 jobs for the Eastern Visayans, the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 8 informed.
This is the modest contribution of DPWH Region 8 to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's thrust to create jobs for the Filipinos in order to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis, DPWH Director Angelito Tuaño said in a phone patch interview with the Philippine Information Agency.
DPWH Region 8 will implement about 126 infrastructure projects in 2009, Director Twaño said. Of the total number of infra projects, 25 projects have already been awarded. These 25 projects will generate more or less 2,500 jobs to the constituents of the local government where the projects will be implemented, Director Twano added.
Director Twaño said that with the many government infrastructure projects that are being implemented all over Region 8, private constructors are in need of construction foremen, skilled workers, masons, heavy equipment operators, dump truck drivers, steelman, civil engineers, and other construction related jobs.
The workers who will be employed will construct, maintain, repair and rehabilitate national roads. They will build and fix existing bridges, school buildings, farm-to-market roads and flood control projects, Director Twaño added.
The DPWH in the Region has forging partnerships with the various constructors associations in the Region to ensure that the people of Region 8 will be given the opportunity for gainful employment, Director Twaño said.
For the next 10 months, the Department of Public Works and Highways in the entire country has lined up 4,000 to 5,000 projects of which 1,200 have already been bid out. For the first semester of this year, the DPWH has set aside P60 billion and for the second half, P48 billion has been allotted.
The job openings will be for civil engineers, foremen, surveyors, masons, painters, steelmen, operators of heavy equipment, drivers, carpenters, and other positions. The DPWH will also hire 27,222 people every month from the Out-of-School Youth Serving Toward Economic Recovery (OYSTER) to work as street sweepers, roadside, traffic, and shoulder maintenance crew. (PIA 8) [top]