DPWH offers 1,424 jobs in Caraga

The Regional 13 office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH 13) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) is set to open initial 1,424 job openings today, it was learned yesterday.

The job fair will be opened at the DPWH regional office here at 8 a.m. today and those applicants that will pass the criteria will be deployed in Agusan del Norte, Butuan City, Surigao del Sur and Dinagat Islands, it was also learned.

The DPWH 13 needs civil engineers, foremen, laboratory technicians, heavy equipment operators, masons, steelmen, welders, drivers, auto electricians, carpenters, surveyors and construction workers, it was gathered.

In the initial recruitment, at least 898 job openings are available for Agusan del Norte; 341 in Butuan City; 47 in Surigao del Sur and 138 in Dinagat Islands.

The next batch of job openings will be announced by the DPWH regional office soon.

The DPWH is fast-tracking this month the bidding of P60 billion worth of projects set for implementation during the first half of this year to accommodate more job openings, it was also learned.

To give more strength to the Arroyo administration’s job and employment generation program, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was inked between the DPWH, National Constructors Association of the Philippines (NACAP), Philippine Contractors Association (PCA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

The objective of the MoA is to provide skilled and non-skilled workers a chance to secure positions with the contractors, given the need for increased manpower to accomplish the government-awarded contracts.

Workers hired during initial job fair today will work with various construction firms for the duration of their contracts, it was also learned.

Hired workers and personnel will receive at least the minimum wage in their respective areas of designation or possibly more depending on the firms that they will fork for, it was further learned.

The DPWH is set to hire more than 500,000 skilled and non-skilled workers nationwide this year, it was also learned. (Mike U. Crismundo, MB)

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