Villar calls on Pinoys abroad to work in gov’t infra projects

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DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has reiterated his call for Filipino professionals abroad to apply for jobs in the country as the government embarks on over 200 infrastructure projects.

“The BBB is a big project. There is a huge demand on engineers, construction (workers). We have many fellow Filipinos abroad, particularly engineers. This is your chance to be able to go back and work in the country. There are many job opportunities in the construction,” Villar said at the sidelines of the first “Tatak ng Pagbabago” pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum in Pasay City on Friday.

“The country has a huge population and we have many skilled labor. What’s needs to be done (is) to connect the skilled labor to opportunities, that’s why we created a website for our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs),” said Villar.

Villar was referring to the “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” an online job site aimed at consolidating all employment opportunities from all concessionaires and construction companies involved in the government’s flagship infrastructure program.

It was launched in June and is set to provide at least 14,000 jobs, and is accessible to the public via www.build.gov.ph.

Asked if the salaries of professionals abroad will match the pay they will get once employed in the country, he said, “Eventually, the compensation of our engineers and construction workers will increase. It is visible in the countryside since the demand is increasing and we see it continuing.”

Under the BBB programs, the government is set to construct roads, bridges, airport, railways among others, covering 2017 to 2022. There are 75 flagship projects prioritized under the Build, Build, Build (BBB) infrastructure program.

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