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DPWH Kalinga holds jobs fair

Tabuk City, Kalinga (28 February) -- In support to the government's effort to reduce the problems in employment through the various projects of the Arroyo Administration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Kalinga spearheaded a province-wide jobs fair last February 23 simultaneous with the DPWH offices nationwide.

Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Kalinga Constructors Association (KCA), jobs were opened for civil engineers, construction foremen, skilled workers, masons, heavy equipment drivers/operators, steelman, painters, quantity surveyors/ estimators and other construction related jobs.

Participated by 12 contractors from the province, there were at least 102 registrants who came to apply. According to Aurora Sebastian Administrative Officer III of DPWH, no one was hired on the spot but several applicants were told that they will be called for a follow-up interview.

DPWH Kalinga District Engineer Leo T. Mustard in his message informed that said Programang Pangtrabaho: Handog ni Pangulong Gloria activity is part of the government's scheme to open employment in the locality to spur economic growth in the province.

He said that this is in support to the government's targeted employment of 500,000 skilled and unskilled workers to work for the 5,000 infrastructure projects worth P208 billion set to be implemented by the agency nationwide this year.

This activity he said was realized after the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to conduct a nationwide jobs fair between the DPWH, DOLE, National Constructors Associations of the Philippines (NACAP) and the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA).

aid MOA he said aims to provide gainful employment to workers, their families and relatives who were displaced and affected by the current global recession. It is also designed to provide fiscal stimulus to spur economic growth in the locality to increase the spending power and probable opportunity to save and to reduce the percentage of unemployment nationwide.

OLE Kalinga Provincial Head Dr. Avelina Manganip, on the other hand, encouraged the members of the KCA to give priority to jobseekers from the locality where their projects are being implemented. She also requested that DOLE should be provided information on the vacancies, jobs openings and manpower requirement in their firm for the agency to give preferences to long time applicants. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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