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DPWH Samar holds "jobs fair" in answer to PGMA's call

Tacloban City (28 February) -- As President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed her cabinet to prepare emergency work programs that will hire 180,000 workers, Samar's two DPWH engineering districts complied.

Executive Order No. 738 spelled out the government's strategy to ease the impact of global recession and support the vulnerable sectors in six months.

Funding for the emergency work program would come from the 1.5 percent allocation for maintenance, overhead and operating expenses of each government agencies. Beneficiaries from the emergency work program may be assigned to do census, surveys, price monitoring and other tasks identified in the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

Displaced workers from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Camarines provinces, Albay; Regions III and VII; CARAGA Region, and some 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be given priority in this program.

These jobs will be opened in Region lV-A, Bicol provinces, Cebu, Mactan Economic Zones, Leyte, Samar; Subic and Clark Economic Zones, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bataan and Zambales, and CARAGA.

In Samar's First Engineering District, some 19 construction workers were hired on the spot during the DPWH "Jobs Fair"on February 25, 2009 in Calbayog City according to Engr. Virgilio Eduarte.

Some other job seekers did not immediately get jobs pending upon medical test and trade test especially for skilled workers.

Construction companies namely: CEDAN, JUF Construction, B V Construction and CDU brought in the list of workers in demand.

A DPWH staff said that they have kept a skills registry where a list of those who have registered for the "Jobs Fair" are entered and will be referred to, as soon as their skills are in demand.

IN Samar's Second Engineering District, Engr Nestor Mate said that construction companies like ACME and WCS also joined them. E C De Luna interestingly did not send in for more workers as the project Calbiga-Gatanguit Road is almost completed.

Acme construction needs workers for Gandara projects while WCS needs workers for the repair of Basey-Marabut Pinamitinan Road, according to Mate. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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