Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Friday, March 27, 2009

Former Subic base workers get priority in Guam jobs

OLONGAPO CITY, Philippines – For­mer US naval base workers in Subic Bay will get the first opportunities to land jobs in the island of Guam where the US Navy is now transferring facilities from its base in Okinawa, Japan.

Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr. said in a statement yesterday that employees of the former Subic Naval Base, who mostly come from this city, would have the edge over applicants from other areas because of their skills and experience in working for the US military.

“This is a good opportunity for Filipinos who used to work in the Subic Naval Base, once the largest American military facility outside of continental United States,” Gordon said.

He proudly recalled that US naval authorities used to heap praises at Filipino workers in Subic for being “honest, highly skilled and industrious.”

“This would now give them the edge, I hope,” Gordon said.

According to Mike Pusing, Gordon’s senior executive assistant for public relations, the city government is now preparing a database of former Subic base workers to be provided to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The POEA estimated that some 15,000 to 20,000 jobs would be available in Guam for mostly construction jobs like carpenters, masons, electricians, heavy equipment operators, pipefitters, painters and welders.

Gordon said most of the manpower requirements will come from Olongapo where thousands lost their jobs when the American military withdrew from the Subic Naval Base in 1992.

--By Bebot Sison Jr.

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