November 18, 2021

DPWH said there are 20K more jobs available for ‘Build, Build, Build.’

Under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) hopes to hire an additional 17,000 to 20,000 people in the construction industry.

“There were roughly 40,000 jobs generated,” DPWH Secretary Roger Mercado said in a statement on Tuesday, “and we anticipate to generate 17,000 to 20,000 more.” To help individuals who have been economically impacted by the pandemic to recover quickly, we need to create more jobs.”

“The BBB is felt by our people, and they are extremely satisfied as seen by the DPWH’s trust rating of more than 70%,” he continued. “We hope to continue to improve with constant monitoring and management meetings as the people continue to feel the DPWH’s effect in their lives,” he added.

More technical people, masons, laborers, and others, according to Mercado, will be needed in the program, which includes road maintenance.

According to government figures, the Build, Build, Build program created 6.5 million employment between 2016 and 2020.

The program is expected to generate 1.6 million jobs by the year 2021.

According to Mercado, the BBB program allows the government to create jobs directly rather than indirectly through indirect impacts such as enterprises founded as a result of roads and their use.

“We will see to it that this program benefits our people at sana mapakinabangan ng ating mga kababayan (we hope that it benefits our people),” he said. “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 additional road users, the DPWH has created the “ayuda” (aid) program, according to the official, in which the department allots money from its savings to hire people impacted by the epidemic and assist in the upkeep of roads, roadsides, and highways.

“We just granted PHP1 million to our maintenance division so that we can hire additional people for the ayuda program, which is a DPWH social responsibility project that provides food for work,” he said.

On the money

Meanwhile, Mercado stated that the agency is on track to complete the Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build projects.

He claimed that they have completed at least 67 percent of the 70 percent target, despite the fact that several projects will be completed after President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure ends.

“I directed the RDs (regional directors) and DEs (district engineers) to ensure that the BBB program, particularly the contracts slated to be completed in 2022, is inaugurated and completed,” he stated.

Groundbreaking should be done for projects that will not be completed because BBB hindi matatapos this period alone (because the BBB will not all be completed during this term). “This is a long-term government program to build better and more convenient infrastructure,” he stated.

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