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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

6,000 new jobs generated at Clark economic zone in one-year period

CLARK, Pampanga — The continued confidence of investors in the management of Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has resulted in an increase in the employment rate in the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) to more than 6,000 new workers during a one-year period from May 2004 to May 2005.

In a report submitted to CDC president Antonio R. Ng, the customer service department (CSD) stated that the number of jobs generated in the economic zone stood at an all-time high of 34,652 workers as of May 31, 2005.

Last year, Clark had only 28,674 of employees hired by the 281 locators that have been reporting to CSD on the number of their employees.

The CSD said that number of jobs in Clark from 2003 to 2004 was 28,274, up by 6,045 new jobs created in support of President Arroyo’s thrust to generate more employment opportunities for the masses.

Most of the workers hired belonged to the industrial sector inside the economic zone with about 3,715 new workers last year, followed by 1,050 in the tourism sector, and 651 hired in the information technology sector.

The steady increase of employment opportunities in the economic could be attributed to the hike in investments recorded last year during which 85 new lease agreements were signed.

From January to April this year, 30 new lease agreements were signed. These are expected to provide more employment opportunities to the residents of Metro Clark and neighboring towns.

The new agreements also brought to R81 billion the amount of committed investments in the economic zone in the next five years.

While others have embarked on expansion programs, several firms have geared to create more jobs this year as some 6,000 new employment opportunities are expected to be generated before year-end.

Among the firms that are set to expand their operations are Hansa Toys Manufacturing firms, Yokohama Tire Philippines and Cyber City Teleservices Ltd. (CCTL).

Cyber City will create some 1,500 job opening for its expansion programs from April to December, this year.

More than 500 workers will be hired this year by Yokohama Tire Phils. in Clark, while 1,000 jobs will be opened within the year at Hansa Toys.

Epixtar, another call center that will locate in Clark, will hire about 4,000 new workers.


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