Thousands apply at DPWH job fairs
Manila (25 February) -- Thousands of unemployed flocked to the main office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Manila last Monday to try their luck in any of the nearly half a million job openings offered at the job fair.
Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said the DPWH job fair would open more opportunities for jobless Filipinos affected by the global economic crisis.
The DPWH is spending P60 billion, part of the P330-billion stimulus package, in the first half of the year for construction projects nationwide. The agency hopes to generate 500,000 jobs in the construction sector for 2009.
Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said about 1,500 people found jobs in the construction sector just a few hours after the fair at the DPWH main office opened. Some 30 contractors participated in the fair.
Ebdane said the employment initiative was part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's program to mitigate the effects of the global economic crisis on the Philippines.
The event is cosponsored by the Department of Labor and Employment, National Constructors Association of the Philippines and Philippine Constructors Association. (PIA-MMIO) [top]