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SMC to hire returning OFWs, Bulacan residents for airport construction

Job opportunities abound thousands of displaced returning overseas Filipino workers and local residents of Bulacan as San Miguel Corp.’s P734 billion airport project begins to take off.

SMC said it would start training Bulacan residents, particularly those from Barangay Tiptip, under the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which designed courses on skills specific to the needs of the airport’s construction.

“Over the next couple of years, construction of this massive airport will generate hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs. We will prioritize local residents, but there will be so many jobs and livelihood opportunities that ultimately, workers will come from all over Bulacan, Central Luzon, even Metro Manila and southern Luzon,” said Ramon S. Ang, president and COO of SMC.

Ang said SMC is now even more determined to push through with large-scale infrastructure projects, such as the airport, to boost the economy, which has been severely hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

“Construction activities will have an immediate economic impact on so many sectors. These create much-needed jobs that put money in people’s hands and allow them and their families to spend for their needs. This spending benefits many small and medium businesses, local eateries, sari-sari stores, groceries, and service establishments,” Ang said.

“Apart from direct jobs, the company also has to pay for suppliers of materials, equipment, or services, which then generates even more jobs and benefits more people. Short to medium-term, we can help so many Filipinos with jobs and help kickstart our economic recovery. Long-term, this airport will help create even more growth opportunities for our country,” he added.

Ang said that graduates of heavy equipment operator, electrical installation and maintenance, and shielded metal arc welding courses will be referred to SMC Aerocity, a unit under SMC Infrastructure which will handle the airport development.

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