Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Monday, October 16, 2006

2 million jobs available at Subic, Clark till 2010

A Malacañang official said here that from one to two million workers will be needed by both Subic and Clark up to year 2010.

Presidential Assistant for Central Luzon Renato Diaz announced on Saturday that of this number, the immediate need is about 9,000 workers.

The bulk of these will be for Hanjin, a giant ship-building company from South Korea that relocated at Subic.

In a talk during a jobs fair he spearheaded at the Urdaneta Sports and Cultural Center, Diaz said that Hanjin alone is in need of 6,000 welders that will be harnessed to build ships ordered by various countries.

Hanjin manufactures ocean-going vessels that are needed by various countries, thus transforming Subic as one of the world’s ship-building hubs soon.

Also urgently needed for both Subic and Clark, according to Diaz, are 200 security guards and from 1,000 to 2,000 call center agents.

But the potential need for skilled workers and call center agents up to 2010 is anywhere between one million to two million workers, Diaz said.

He clarified that these workers will come not only from Pampanga and central Luzon but also from all over the Philippines.

Not only skilled workers and call center agents are needed in both Subic and Clark but also engineers in all fields, Diaz said, pointing out that there is also a big demand for Filipino engineers abroad.

In a talk with Urdaneta City Mayor Amadeo Perez Jr., Diaz asked the former to encourage various educational institutions here to offer welding as one of their vocational courses.

He said the graduates of the short course in welding can be immediately deployed to Subic to fill in the urgent need for more welders of Hanjin.

Diaz lamented that there are not much welders in the country today and expected the educational institutions to help produce welders who are assured of jobs immediately after graduation.

Aside from Subic, welders are also much in demand abroad, especially Australia, he said.

“There are too many people looking for jobs and yet there are too many jobs looking for people,” Diaz said, explaining the rationale for the jobs fair being conducted in various parts of the country under the job creation program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

In the day-long jobs fair, Diaz brought licensed job recruiters from Manila to conduct initial interview and manpower pool for qualified workers in Urdaneta and Pangasianan who can be immediately deployed abroad.

“We brought them here so that the people from Pangasinan will no longer go to Manila to apply for jobs, thereby protecting them from dealing with illegal recruiters who demand from them excessive fees,” he said.

The recruiters were looking for workers that will be deployed in the Middle East, Australia and Taiwan to work as engineers, carpenters, masons, cooks, sewers, waiters, factory workers and others.

These recruiters will cross-match the qualification of workers with the jobs that are available abroad and if they found the applicants qualified, they will immediately write them for final interview.

Diaz said the next jobs fair will be in San Jose del Monte in Bulacan, then Bataan. (PNA)


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