20K jobs available for Build, Build, Build program: DPWH

BAGUIO CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes to employ about 17,000 to 20,000 more workers in the construction industry under the Build, Build, Build (BBB) program of the Duterte administration.
DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado, in a message on Tuesday, said “there were around 40,000 generated jobs and we expect to generate 17,000 to 20,000 more. We need to generate more employment to allow those economically affected by the pandemic to recover fast.”
“The BBB is felt by our people and they are very happy as shown in the trust rating of the DPWH at more than 70 percent and hope to further improve with the constant monitoring and management meetings as the people continue to feel the impact of the DPWH in their lives,” he added.
Mercado said more technical persons, masons, laborers, and others will be needed in the program including the maintenance of roads.
Government data show that there were 6.5 million jobs generated by the Build, Build, Build program from 2016 to 2020.
For the year 2021, there were 1.6 million jobs generated by the program.
Mercado said the BBB program allows the government to directly create jobs aside from the jobs generated from indirect effects of the projects like businesses created as a result of roads and use of the roads.
“We will see to it that this program will redound to the benefit of our people at sana mapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan (we hope that the people benefits from it), take advantage, make use of our highways, be innovative, plan any livelihood programs that can generate jobs not only the government giving jobs to our people but those who benefit from our infrastructure should also share in this social responsibility in providing jobs,” he said.
With more road users, the official said the DPWH has also come up with the “ayuda” (aid) program where the department allots money from its savings for the hiring of people affected by the pandemic and help in the maintenance of roads, roadsides, and highways.
“We have just released PHP1 million to our maintenance division so that we can hire more people for the ayuda program, as a food for work program which is a social responsibility project of the DPWH,” he said.
On target
Meanwhile, Mercado said the department is on target for the completion of the Build, Build, Build projects under the Duterte administration
He said they have completed at least 67 percent of the 70 percent target considering that there are projects that will be completed even after the term of President Rodrigo Duterte is finished.
“I ordered the RDs (regional directors) and the DEs (district engineers) to see to it that the BBB program lalo na yung contracts na matatapos sa 2022 ma inaugurate at matapos (especially the contracts set for completion in 2022 to be finished and inaugurated),” he said.
For projects that will not be completed should be ground break dahil itong BBB hindi matatapos this term alone (because the BBB will not all be completed during this term). This is a continuing long-term program of our government to provide better and convenient infrastructure,” he said. (PNA)

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