Almost 30,000 job vacancies were offered at the second Build Build Build = Jobs Jobs Jobs Caravan held at the Subic Bay Gymnasium, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales on Saturday.
This is in line with the Duterte administration’s efforts to help displaced workers of the Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines who will likely lose their job after the shipyard operator suffered financial difficulties. The event was organized by the Build Build Build Team in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), and the Clark Development Corporation.
“With Build Build Build comes Jobs Jobs Jobs. This is the beauty of the BBB program. As we build transport infrastructure to benefit generations to come we help those in the present by providing employment,” said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Tugade said the administration plans to spend between P8 and P9 trillion for public infrastructure projects from 2017 to 2022, which is also seen to create thousands more if not millions in job opportunities nationwide.
The job fair attracted nearly hundred employers from different contractors involved in the government’s infrastructure program, as well as companies within the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
According to Secretary Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways, the job fair was strategically held outside Manila to reemploy former shipyard workers and complement the manpower requirement of the BBB program in Central Luzon.
“Jobseekers in the area, especially workers who have been affected by this unfortunate circumstance in a shipyard operator, are welcome to fill available positions such as carpenters, pipe filter, steel man, welder, scaffolder, electrician, painters and laborers,” he added.
Bases Conversation and Development Authority President and CEO Vivencio Dizon said the second Jobs Caravan is a testament to the government’s promise of creating more employment opportunities through the Build Build Build program.
“We hope that the Jobs Caravan provides a fresh start to the displaced workers of a shipyard operator. These skilled workers will help ensure the success of the government’s infrastructure program,” said Dizon.
Budget and Management Secretary Diokno, for his part, reiterated the importance of the infrastructures projects in creating a conducive environment for inclusive growth and social mobility within the country.
“Accelerating infrastructure development is our commitment to ensure that the Philippines will continue growing sustainably. With this in mind, the Jobs Jobs Jobs Caravan complements Build Build Build to connect thousands of jobs to Filipinos who need them.
Through Build Build Build, we are certain that the Philippines will continue to move forward,” he added.
Wilma Eisma, chairperson and administrator of the SBMA on the other hand, emphasized the importance of collaboration between the public and private sector in keeping the citizens active in the workforce to sustain the economic growth of the region.
“This job fair at Subic is in keeping with the Duterte administration’s goal of creating jobs by way pf the President’s signature initiative ‘Build Build Build,’ which is designed to close the country’s infrastructure gap and attract more investments that, in turn, will further energized the economy and generate even more job oppurtunities for our people,” added Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.
Meanwhile, Villar said the BBB program is also being eyed to be replicated in other regions of the country. According to the Secretary, President Rodrigo Duterte stated that he wanted BBB to be spread out in all corners of the Philippines.