Ham­pers ‘Build, Build, Build’ pro­gram

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business -

THE short­age of skilled work­ers was a hin­drance to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of bigticket in­fra­struc­ture projects un­der the govern­ment’s “Build, Build, Build” pro­gram, Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte ad­mit­ted Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 14.

In a speech de­liv­ered in San Jose del Monte, Bu­la­can, Duterte said the govern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture projects are fac­ing de­lay be­cause of lack of skilled work­ers.

“Itong ‘Build, Build, Build,’ me­dyo atrasado. Walang tra­ba­hante (We lack skilled work­ers, caus­ing de­lay in the ‘Build, Build, Build’ pro­gram),” he said dur­ing the procla­ma­tion and kick-off rally of his po­lit­i­cal party, Par­tido Demokratik­ong Pilipinola­kas ng Bayan.

Duterte’s ad­mis­sion came amid the in­flux of Chi­nese na­tion­als who ended up as work­ers in the coun­try, most of them ended up get­ting jobs from the con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

Mala­cañang had said the grow­ing num­ber of Chi­nese mi­grant work­ers in the Philip­pines should not be a cause for con­cern, if they have un­der­gone a “lawful” process.

Mala­cañang had also ex­plained that more Chi­nese work­ers had to be hired, be­cause Filipinos skilled to con­struc­tion works opt to seek jobs over­seas.

In a press con­fer­ence held Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion, through

The ac­tiv­ity, at­tended by about 115 IPS, also show­cased the ac­tual weav­ing of pan­dan and abaca.

For the Dagyaw group, they show­cased a 48-foot snack ta­ble filled with food and del­i­ca­cies like the “Pur­ple Rice Pas­sion” made of sticky rice with ube top­ping, cream and cheese, siomai, “lin­u­pak” made of ba­nana, and cas­sava ball, among oth­ers.

Os­meña-or­bida said the women-mem­bers re­ally cook well, they just need sup­port to tap more clients.

In re­sponse, the LGU has al­ready ex­pressed the in­ten­tion to es­tab­lish a show­room for Alayon and Dagyaw prod­ucts and ser­vices.

Once re­al­ized, Os­meña-or­bida said this would serve as a sus­tain­able “space” for the IP and women groups to pro­mote their prod­ucts and gen­er­ate more in­come and liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for their mem­bers.

“Aside from ca­pac­i­tat­ing the groups, pro­mote their prod­ucts and at­tract­ing potential buy­ers, the ac­tiv­ity has also em­pow­ered their mem­bers,” she said, stress­ing that “this is not purely business, but a so­cial en­ter­prise be­cause there is car­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment and preser­va­tion of cul­tural prac­tices com­po­nents.”

More­over, af­ter the launch­ing, Dagyaw was able to have booked for cater­ing ser­vice in April.

The IPS, on the other hand, has ob­tained sup­port from the Philip­pine Fiber De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity in the form of abaca and pan­dan seedlings and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions.

“Pea­ce­pond as a learn­ing site ac­cred­ited by the De­part­ment of Agri­cul­turea­gri­cul­tural Train­ing In­sti­tute, through this en­deavor, is able to in­cor­po­rate its pro­grams on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and con­ser­va­tion, sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, or­ganic, and nat­u­ral farm­ing method,” Os­meña-or­bida said.

Mean­while, also present dur­ing the ac­tiv­ity were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the De­part­ment of Trade and In­dus­try, Na­tional Com­mis­sion on In­dige­nous Peo­ple, and Pro­vin­cial Tourism Of­fice, among oth­ers.*

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