Major infra projects seen to provide employment to Aklanons
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (20 February) -- Aklan's three infrastructure projects here had been identified by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) here as major providers of employment to jobless Aklanons in the coming months.
DPWH-Aklan District Engineer Roberto Cabigas said in a radio interview that this will be through the "Programang Pangtrabaho ni PGMA" which will kick-off through a job fair launching in the Regional Office of DPWH 6 on Monday, February 23.
Under the program, jobseekers will file their job applications with the DPWH, who in turn, if qualified, will be absorbed by winning contractors handling infrastructure projects in their localities.
In Aklan, Cabigas said projects lined up include construction of Altavas-Jamindan road network, Kalibo Airport and the Jetty Port in Malay including the continuation of Malay-Buruanga road concreting.
Cabigas said absorbing job seekers in the construction of the government's infrastructure projects is part of the country's pump priming activities to help address economic problems brought by the global financial crisis.
The program has job openings for civil engineers, foremen, surveyors, masons, painters, steelmen, operators, of heavy equipment, drivers, carpenters, and other positions.
Cabigas said the launching in Iloilo City will be joined by other agencies and organizations like the Department of Labor and Employment, the National Constructors Association of the Philippines (NACAP) and the Philippine Construction Association (PCA) which will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the job generation program.
The program stipulates that at least 50% of the workforce of a certain project should come from the immediate locality as well as neighboring towns to spare the workers from spending for their transportation expenses.
Cabigas said job applicants are required to bring with them their new residence certificates, NBI clearance, biodata, certificate from TESDA (if any), medical certificate and 2 pcs. ID.
DPWH-Aklan will be bringing to Iloilo on February 23 at least 20 job applicants for the launching. The launching will be held simultaneously throughout the country which will be hooked up with Malacanang, with a possible teleconference with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, according to Cabigas. (PIA) [top]