Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Olongapo City is making waves in Guam as Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. lands in the headline of The Pacific Daily News (PDN), the top morning newspaper based in Hagåtña, Guam.

“Olongapo City could be a source for experienced workers,” PDN quoted Gordon during his second visit to the island recently.

The Guam Government, under Governor Felix Camacho, several senators, the Mayor’s Council of Guam, the Department of Public Works and Navy officials, are seriously considering opening more opportunities to Olongapeños, which is not limited to employment.

Gordon brought several businessmen during his second visit to Guam for possible investment opportunities. The mayor is set to bring another group upon an invitation from the Guam government.

The City Government, under Gordon’s leadership, has been actively seeking potential hires for the construction projects that the military buildup will create as a result of the transfer of the U.S. military facility from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. Some 8,000 Olongapeños have already enlisted and in a job fair held last month, some 4,000 more applicants expressed interest on the Guam project.

Gordon is committed to delivering what is needed by the said project, banking on the experience and exposure of the Olongapeños in operating and running a military base.

“Olongapo City, being the site of the former U.S. Naval Base in Subic Bay and now a major training center for welders, could be a source of workers for the U.S. military buildup on Guam,” said Mayor Gordon.

To enhance more the capabilities of former base employees, Gordon is providing free trainings in construction and welding to better equip the people for the buildup.

According to Gordon, “Olongapo City is the biggest welding center in the world. The city was already able to send welders to Florida, Korea and Australia.” Early on, he already sent 15 of the best welders to Guam.

Gordon is confident that his proposal for a sisterhood agreement between Olongapo and Guam will greatly help Guam in the selection of skilled workers and in turn, help Guam in terms of their health care by making use of the health care facilities in Olongapo and the Subic Bay area.

The copy of The Pacific Daily News, a newspaper based in Guam, which headlined Olongapo City as a source of skilled workers for the Guam buildup as a result of the transfer of the U.S. military facility from Okinawa, Japan to Guam. Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. is also looking for possible business investments for Olongapo businessmen in the island and the establishment of a sisterhood agreement between Olongapo City and Guam.


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