Over 5K jobs created under infra projects
As the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) continues to implement more projects, more additional jobs are created in Mindanao.
According to PRDP Project Support Office Mindanao, there are 5,374 jobs generated under the infrastructure development subprojects. This includes both the skilled and unskilled workers who were employed to work for the construction and rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads, bridges, communal irrigation systems, potable water systems, and other postharvest facilities.
Cited as an emerging benefit of the project, local residents were hired to as part of the manpower for the contractors. Some 3,417 or 64% of the local hires perform works such as flagman, helpers or aid, laborers and utility man, generally termed as unskilled workers. While 1,957 or 36% under the skilled workers who work as foreman, carpenters, mason and steel-man.
“My husband used to be a grader operator in abroad. Now, when the farm-to-market road project came here in Farmington, he was given a chance to be employed in the project,” said Farmington Elementary School teacher Preciousa B. Romano. Her husband was hired in the rehabilitation of Poblacion-Farmington-Galingon-Balacbaan-Cabong-Tilubog FMR in Zamboanga del Norte.
Among the six regions, Region 12 posted the highest rate of generated jobs of 1,573; followed by Region 9 with 1,484; Region 10 with 1,089; Caraga Region with 672; Region 11 with 556; and ARMM with 143 skilled and unskilled workers.
The infrastructure development component currently has 74 subprojects under implementation amounting to P5.22 billion.