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Shipbuilding firm to generate 40k jobs in MisOr - Palace official

by Babes Jacob-Rebultan

Cagayan de Oro City (29 February) -- MORE than 40,000 will be employed once a shipbuilding firm will start their full operation at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate in Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental that will benefit not only the workers here but the entire Mindanao region, including the business and other sectors.

This was bared by Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao Pacifico M. Pupos Jr. during the "PIA Mobile Talakayan on Super Regions" media forum conducted by the PIA in Cagayan de Oro City, Feb. 27.

This month, the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a Korean investor, has started setting up an office that will accept and process applications, he said. So far, they have recruited the first 50 welders and non-welders who would undergo a trainers' training in welding in line with shipbuilding works in Subic, Zambales he added.

Pupos said after the training, these 50 welders will then train the additional welders that will be hired as soon as the shipbuilding operation starts.

He said Hanjin prefers hiring and training workers who are not experienced welders since they can easily be trained based on their new technology and skills in accordance with their standards.

The company has high demand for welders, followed by plumbers and electricians numbering to about 40,000, he added.

He said on March 1, Hanjin will conduct its ground breaking ceremonies, signaling the start of the construction of their training center on welding.

The presence of Hanjin will not only generate more than 40,000 jobs, but will also provide other opportunities for the people like business, investments, and tourism, among others, Pupos pointed out.

With PA Pupos during the media forum, Assistant Regional Director Ro-Ann A. Bacal of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-10) said with the presence of Hanjin, Northern Mindanao will be in the map of foreign and local investors who will come here and see for themselves other possible opportunities.

With this, she urged all local government units to be ready for many developments or multiplying effects that will happen once Hanjin goes into full swing, side by side with the completion of the Laguindingan International Airport in 2011.

She said there is need to show to the private investors that it is good to invest here in Mindanao, especially along agri-business.

Bacal said there are more areas for investments here in Mindanao like the plan of putting up a Tilapia Fillet Processing Center at the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate, which saddles the towns of Tagoloan and Villanueva in Misamis Oriental.

This would become the processing center for tilapia-growing regions in Mindanao, she further said.

Bacal said there are expansions for other commercial crops, like high-value crops or vegetables where the province of Bukidnon gets more customers from fast institutional buyers, big-time consolidators who come to the area to buy their products. (PIA-MisOrOccCam) [top]

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