Construction workers urged to take local jobs

Date Posted: March 7th, 2019 03:27 AM

News Release
Department of Labor and Employment
7 March 2019

Construction workers urged to take local jobs

The labor department has urged skilled workers to consider local employment in the construction industry and support the government in the full blast implementation of the Build Build Build Program rather than applying for jobs abroad.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III explained that slowing down the deployment of construction workers as much as 90 percent is not a way of preventing them to choose high-paying jobs overseas but to inform them of the need for manpower in the local construction sector.

“Construction workers are badly needed here in our country that’s why we are slowing down the deployment to address the manpower shortage in the local construction industry and support implementation of the infrastructure program of the President,” Bello said.


The labor chief said that around 800,000 to one million skilled workers in the field of construction, architecture, and engineering are needed up to 2022 to address labor shortage with country’s construction boom.


Bello also said that Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is now accelerating the training and upgrading of the skills of workers to address the problem of job and skills mismatch, which is one of the reasons why vacancies in construction are not filled.

“There is a strong local jobs growth but vacancies are not filled either because of skilled workers going abroad or their skills do not match to the available jobs in the market. That’s why DOLE are working together with concern agencies to up-skills our workers and urge them to work locally,” Bello said.


END/Abegail De Vega

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