Michelle Ong, ABS-CBN News
Posted at May 15 2017 03:55 PM
BEIJING – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday said the Duterte government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ infrastructure campaign will generate no less than 12 million new jobs over the next 5 years.
“They call it golden age Build, Build, Build means golden age of Jobs, Jobs and Jobs,” he said.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Chief Ernesto Pernia, however, clarified the infrastructure boost will add more than 1 million new jobs to the usual 1 million jobs created per year, resulting in 12 million jobs for the 6 years of the Duterte administration.
Bello shared, most of the new jobs will be in the field of manufacturing and construction, including carpenters, welders, plumbers, and electricians.
“This will also address the final goal of the President, to repatriate Filipinos who are now in different parts of the world…. The President wants to provide jobs with decent pay so eventually, all Filipino workers will come back,” he said.
There are an estimated 10 to 12-million Filipinos overseas, a tenth of the Philippines’ total population.