4M jobs created by government infra projects -- DPWH

Mark A. Villar

THE Department of Public Works and Highways, through the Build Build Build program, has generated a record-breaking number of employment opportunities nationwide by  employing over 4 million jobs since 2016.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said 4,199,228 jobs were generated from the road, bridge, flood-control and other infrastructure projects of the agency nationwide, with almost half of the numbers created from projects funded under 2018 General Appropriations Act.

“Thanks to the huge increase in DPWH budget since President Rodrigo Roa Duterte took over, we were able to provide jobs to millions of Filipinos across the country. In fact in 2016, we have employed roughly 1.087 million workers; 1.281 million in 2017, and last year around 1.830 million,” Villar said.

“Through BBB, contractors hire at least 50 percent of unskilled and 30 percent of skilled labor requirement from the locality where the projects are located within an average of four months per project, 22 days per month. These workers are earning an average daily wage of P550 and are helping us build vital infrastructure projects across the country,” he added.

The DPWH chief noted that with the approved budget of P3.757 trillion in 2019, at least a million more will benefit from the projects implemented by the DPWH.

“We hope that this massive infrastructure program of the government will be able to solve traffic woes and improve connectivity among towns and cities, and will further improve livelihood nationwide,” he said.