DOLE eyes limited deployment of petrochemists, machinists

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    THE Department of Labor and Employment is looking at limiting the deployment of petrochemists and machinists for heavy machinery overseas amid the reported shortage of the workers for local establishments.

    “We will be meeting with these sectors to check if our supplies are still enough or if they need more, so that we can still limit deployment,” said Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Tutay.

    “We want to limit the deployment outside the country of workers under the energy sector, specifically petrochemists and also CNC machinists, which is related to the aero space sector,” she added.

    Petrochemists deal with chemical processes involved in turning the raw materials of crude oil and petroleum into useful products such as food, clothes, fertilizers, and plastics.

    CNC machinists are those involved with computer-controlled heavy machinery from setup to operation, to produce parts and tools from metal, plastic, or other materials.

    Tutay said the department is also looking at maintaining a slowdown in the deployment of construction workers.

    She said this is because demand by the local construction industry remains high given the “Build, Build, Build” program of the Duterte administration.

    “We’re still looking at construction workers because we really are running short of workers in the construction sector,” said Tutay.

    Earlier in the year, the government began slowing down overseas deployment of construction workers by as much as 90 percent.

    This is in response to the manpower shortage in the local construction industry stemming from the “Build Build Build” Program, which has lined up about 75 projects.