GLOBAL  BOOM  OPENS  JOBS  FOR  PINOY  CONSTRUCTION  WORKERS

MANILA, OCTOBER 27, 2007
(STAR) With the global construction boom, engineers and other construction workers are expected to become the most in-demand overseas workers in the next four years.

Cherry Cleary, Jerphi Overseas and Trading Corp. president, yesterday said she has signed an agreement with well-known manpower staffing agencies in Australia and New Zealand for the hiring of thousands of Filipino construction workers.

“A construction boom has fueled the demand of thousands of job positions like welders, carpenters, plumbers, painters, building electricians and all sorts of construction workers,” Cleary said.

Caltex of Australia, she added, has also placed a job order of oil and gas engineers for their production and exploration sites in Australia and New Zealand.

The job order calls for the recruitment of highly skilled personnel in oil and exploration such as inspection, mechanical piping, operations, drilling engineers, geologists, and autocad specialists.

Filipinos aspiring to work in Australia and New Zealand are advised to prepare their complete resumés and get ready to be tested in conversational English.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) also reported the demand for construction workers is expected to be high in the Middle East until 2009 because of the expansion boom in the region.

Qatar has embarked on one of the most ambitious development programs in the world today, while similar construction projects are also going up in United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Vic Fernandez, president of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters Inc. (PASEI), also reported high demand for construction workers in Guam, Japan and Poland.

As this developed, the POEA reported yesterday that fewer Filipinos were hired abroad in the first 10 months of the year.

Preliminary data showed that from January to October, a total of 865,117 Filipino workers were deployed overseas.

The figure was 2.5 percent lower than the 887,645 workers sent to work overseas during the same period last year.

The local recruitment industry attributed the slump to the new policy doubling to $400 the minimum monthly salary of Filipino domestic helpers as well as the worsening shortage of competent workers.

PASEI chair Edwina Beech noted that the government has failed to generate a sufficient number of qualified workers despite the much talked about scholarships and free training being provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.

Even the sea-based deployment of workers dropped in the first 10 months of the year because the country is now experiencing a shortage in maritime officers – Mayen Jaymalin


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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