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500,000 jobs await jobseekers at DPWH simultaneous job fairs on February 23

Tacloban City (February 20) -- In line with the thrust of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to create jobs for the Filipinos in order to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis, the Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct a simultaneous Jobs Fairs at the DPWH Central Office and in all the 16 Regional Offices on Monday, February 23, 2009.

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, the National Constructors Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Construction Association, the DPWH Jobs Fairs will make available some 500,000 jobs in various infrastructure projects all over the country were made available for the workers, according to the DPWH.

The nationwide jobs fair aims to provide gainful employment to workers displaced or affected by the current global recession. The jobs fairs shall also provide fiscal stimulus to spur economic growth in the locality as employment shall increase spending power and probable opportunity to save, among others. The jobs fair shall also reduce the percentage of unemployment nationwide, DPWH Secretary Ebdane said.

At the DPWH Central Office in Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila, the Jobs Fair will start at 8:00 o'clock in the morning. The jobseekers, particularly those in the construction field, may file their application at the more than 30 booths of constructors at the DPWH grounds.

During the Jobs Fair, a Memorandum of Understanding is scheduled to be signed by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., DOLE Secretary Marianito Roque, NACAP President Willy Castor and PCA President Anthony Fernandez.

In the memorandum, the DPWH will serve as the conduit between the contractors and the job applicants. The DPWH will assess the job seeker's capabilities and work assignment and match them with the needs of the contractors.

The task of the DOLE, on the other hand, is to ensure that the hired workers' rights, salaries and other benefits are well protected.

The job openings will be for civil engineers, foremen, surveyors, masons, painters, steelmen, operators of heavy equipment, drivers, carpenters, and other positions. The DPWH will also hire 27,222 people every month from the Out-of-School Youth Serving Toward Economic Recovery (OYSTER) to work as street sweepers, roadside, traffic, and shoulder maintenance crew.

With thousands of government infrastructure projects being implemented nationwide, 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 29,925.96 kilometers of national roads. They will build and fix existing bridges, school buildings, farm-to-market roads and flood control projects, Secretary Ebdane said.

For the next 10 months, the DPWH has lined up 4,000 to 5,000 projects of which 1,200 have already been bid out. For the first semester of this year, the DPWH has set aside P60 billion and for the second half, P48 billion has been allotted. (PIA 8) [top]

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