Pam­panga la­bor DENR caps in­ves­ti­ga­tion on ‘pol­lut­ing’ steel mills land­scape cited

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

ITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - With the mas­sive devel­op­ment ex­pe­ri­enced Pam­panga to­day, its em­ploy­ment land­scape has been cited and is now tagged as one of the coun­try’s ma­jor in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial hubs.

This was gleaned from the re­port re­leased by which re­vealed that about 10,000 var­i­ous job op­por­tu­ni­ties from all in­dus­tries are now avail­able in Pam­panga’s la­bor

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO – The En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau (EMB) of the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR) has com­pleted the am­bi­ent air test­ing con­ducted on three steel plants which are al­legedly sources of pol­lu­tion.

This was learned from EMB Na­tional Air Qual­ity Man­age­ment Sec­tion Chief Gerry Ca­pu­long who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion or­dered by DENR Sec­re­tary Roy Ci­matu fol­low­ing the re­port re­leased by la­bor rights group Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of Free La­bor Unions (PAFLU) and en­vi­ron­men­tal group Clean Air Philip­pines Move­ment Inc. (Capmi).

The re­port stated that three Pam­panga-based smelt­ing plants namely Real Steel Cor­po­ra­tion, Mel­ters’Steel Cor­po­ra­tion and Wan Chiong Steel Cor­po­ra­tion, along with Metro Dragon Steel Cor­po­ra­tion

mar­ket, mak­ing it one of prov­inces that has the most di­verse and dy­namic la­bor land­scape.

Based on the re­port, Pam­panga is con­sid­ered a prime lo­ca­tion for busi­ness process out­sourc­ing (BPO) com­pa­nies with Metro Clark con­sis­tently be­ing named as one of the world’s top out­sourc­ing d est i n at i on s.

With this, the BPO and call cen­ter sec­tors are re­ported to have the most num­ber of job open­ings among all the in­dus­tries avail­able in Pam­panga with its wide va­ri­ety of mar­ket spe­cial­iza­tion rang­ing from In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (IT)-soft­ware, IT net­work­ing, ac­count­ing and hu­man re­source.

The BPO and call cen­ter in­dus­try is also con­sid­ered the main em­ployer for fresh grad­u­ates where two thirds or about 67 per­cent of the en­try jobs avail­able in the mar­ket come from it.

With the rise of the fac­to­ries and in­dus­trial es­tab­lish­ments around Pam­panga, its man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor has also be­come a ma­jor em­ploy­ment provider, fol­lowed by ac­count­ing which is said to be es­sen­tial in ev­ery field of work, the re­port read.

Re­tail, build­ing and con­struc­tion, bank­ing, food and bev­er­age, whole­sale trad­ing, trans­porta­tion and lo­gis­tics and real es­tate jobs are also on the rise along with the call to de­velop the prov­ince into a me­trop­o­lis, it added.

“Pam­panga is lead­ing Cen­tral Lu­zon in its boom, with the con­tin­u­ous devel­op­ment of the prov­ince’s ur­ban cen­ters namely An­ge­les, Metro Clark and the City of San Fer­nando and any devel­op­ment is al­ways ac­com­pa­nied by em­ploy­ment which is re­flected on the prov­ince’s la­bor mar­ket,” said Philip­pine Coun­try Man­ager Philip Gi oca.

And with Pam­panga con­sis­tently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing growth in var­i­ous sec­tors, its dy­namic em­ploy­ment land­scape is also re­flected in the salary sce­nario the em­ploy­ees here are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing, added Gioca. “It is no won­der why de­mand for Ka­pam­pan­gan la­bor con­tin­u­ously in­creased, bring­ing with it the com­pet­i­tive­ness of salaries across all po­si­tions lev­els.”

As new busi­nesses are be­ing es­tab­lished, salaries of­fered are also on the rise to en­tice fresh grad­u­ates and other job­seek­ers to re­main in Pam­panga in­stead of re­lo­cat­ing to Metro Manila. This is ev­i­dent on the av­er­age salaries of em­ploy­ees which are ac­tu­ally higher than the na­tional av­er­age, he said.

“Known all over the coun­try as its culi­nary cap­i­tal, the dy­namism of Pam­panga’s la­bor mar­ket shows that it is ready to break free from its rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a place that of­fers only good food,” Gioca stressed.

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