Airport project to hire Bulacan locals

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    San Miguel Corp. (SMC) is set to start training local residents and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) as part of its job creation program for the soon-to-be-built P734-billion Manila International Airport in Bulakan, Bulacan.

    In a statement, Ramon Ang, SMC president and chief operating officer, said being prioritized for initial hiring are residents of Bulacan, particularly those relocated from Barangay Taliptip where the airport is to be built.

    The former residents, 60 in all, are set to begin their training under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), which designed courses on skills specific to the needs of the airport’s construction.

    Aside from local residents, Ang said SMC will also open employment opportunities to OFWs who have been returning in droves to the country recently due to the uncertain global economic conditions.

    The first batch of 60 residents are set to receive training in courses such as shielded metal arc welding, electrical installation and maintenance, and heavy equipment operations.

    Meanwhile, courses such as dressmaking and cookery are also on offer for residents that want to be self-employed.

    All trainees for this initial batch will be given toolkits or tools for their chosen trade. The courses take anywhere from 10 to 20 days to complete and are paid for by SMC.