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OFW joining railway projects



Some 57 returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have expressed willingness to help in building railway lines in the Philippines in response to Department of Transportation (DoTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade’s call for OFW to fill in thousands of jobs available in DoTr projects.

“We have served in other countries for several years. Now, it’s time to help our country. We returned home because it is in our hearts to support the government and each Filipino,” said Deovanni Miranda, an OFW in Denmark, during the Bayanihan for OFWs forum at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga on Wednesday, 3 July 2019.

Most of the OFW who attended the dialogue with DoTr officials are machine operators, engineers, and skilled in mining, electrical, piping, drilling and blasting.

Tugade thanked the OFW for responding to DoTr’s call.

“A big thank you to you for your intention to return to the country to take part in the reforms under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte. I know it is not because you will exchange your bigger salary with the opportunity to help the country. But it is also an opportunity to use your expertise without being away from your families,” said Tugade.

Tugade said the MRT-3, Light Rail Transit Authority and Philippine National Railway (PNR) are open to hire OFW. He also urged 12 contractors handling rail projects to accept OFW applicants.

“To the contractors, I ask you today, when they (OFW) come and apply, please hire them on the spot. You have here qualified people, who have the skills to fulfill our projects. Hire them right away,” he said.

The contractors for Metro Manila Subway, MRT-3 Rehabilitation Program, LRT-1 Cavite Extension, LRT-2 East Extension, and PNR Clark Phase 1 obliged.

Meanwhile, another dialogue with OFW to take part in maritime, road transport, aviation and airport projects will be held next, according to Tugade.