THE Department of Labor and Employment called on skilled workers to consider local employment in the construction industry and support the government in the full blast implementation of the Build Build Build Program instead of applying for jobs abroad.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said government is slowing down the deployment of construction workers as much as 90 percent to prevent them from choosing high-paying jobs overseas. But they should also be informed about the need for manpower in the local construction sector to convince them to stay in the country.
“Construction workers are badly needed here in our country that’s why we are slowing down the deployment to address the manpower shortage in the local construction industry and support implementation of the infrastructure program of the President,” he said.
The labor chief said that around 800,000 to one million skilled workers in the field of construction, architecture, and engineering are needed up to 2022 to address labor shortage stemming from the country’s construction boom.
He added that Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) is now accelerating the training and upgrading of the skills of workers to address the problem of job and skills mismatch, which is one of the reasons why vacancies in construction are not filled.
“There is a strong local jobs growth but vacancies are not filled either because of skilled workers going abroad or their skills do not match the available jobs in the market. That’s why DoLE is working with concerned agencies to up-skill our workers and urge them to work locally,” Bello said.