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DPWH calls on jobseekers to register at simultaneous DPWH jobs fairs on February 23

Tacloban City (February 20) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Angelito Twaño called on the jobseekers, particularly those in the construction field, to visit the DPWH Regional Office 8 Jobs Fair on Monday, February 23, 2009.

As its modest contribution to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's thrust to create jobs for the Filipinos in order to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis, the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 8 will join the simultaneous Jobs Fairs of DPWH on February 23, 2008, Director Twaño said.

The Jobs Fair will start at 8:30 in the morning and will end at 5:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The DPWH 8 will receive all the applications of the jobseekers and these will be segregated according to locations. These will then be sent to the contractors implementing the various government infrastructure projects in the Region.

The implementation this year of 126 infrastructure projects in Region 8, will generate about 50,000 jobs for the Eastern Visayans, Director Twaño informed.

This is the modest contribution of DPWH Region 8 to 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.

Per House General Appropriations Bill, the locally funded projects which will be implemented this year by the DPWH Region 8, will amount to more than P4.416 Billion while the foreign assisted projects has a funding of more than P1.636 Billion.

This gives a total of P6,052,652,000 as the total infrastructure fund for the 126 projects which will be implemented in Region 8 for the year 2009, Engr. Pacita Gavan of the DPWH Region 8 bared.

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. (PIA 8) [top]

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