Monday, 2 November 2009

Philippine Government to hire 93,000 workers for P1.77-B infra program

Cai Ordinario
Business Mirror

DUE to uncertainties in the global economy, the government will be hiring more than 93,000 unemployed or underemployed Filipinos for a P1.77-billion roadside maintenance program this year, according to the National Anti-poverty Commission (NAPC),

NAPC Secretary Domingo Panganiban said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had already met a considerable portion of its emergency-employment targets, hiring 42,930 workers for various roadside maintenance projects nationwide as of September 30, 2009.

“While experts have noted signs of recovery in the global economy, now is not the time for complacency.

We are still in the thick of what is probably the worst economic slump in modern history,” the NAPC chief said.

The government’s plans call for the employment of some 59,968 roadside maintenance workers in Luzon while 14,120 more laborers are put to work in roadside projects in the Visayas.

Panganiban said that another 19,120 workers will be employed in roadside maintenance projects across the island-region of Mindanao.

The move is line with the development plans of the DPWH and the government’s Economic Resiliency Program.

“The country’s national roads are essential to the strength and stability of the economy, helping to encourage investments and create jobs for a vast number of the Filipino poor,” Panganiban said.

NAPC, which is under the Office of the President, oversees the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program, launched by the President in October 2008 to address the need for new jobs as a result of the global economic meltdown.

“The workers will see to the maintenance of around 30,000 kilometers of national roads under the Out of School Youth Towards Economic Recovery Program of the DPWH,” Panganiban said.

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