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Pwede sa gobyerno! Recto urges gov’t to tap returning OFWs for ‘Build Build Build’

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Senator Ralph Recto has advised the government tap returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in filling up vacant jobs in the bureaucracy and in government-funded “build, build, build” projects.

From schools to the police to infrastructure projects, there are positions requiring “skilled talent,” the Senate President Pro-Tempore said.

“Hindi naman p’wede na hanggang bibili na lang sila ng jeep, o magbubukas ng sari-sari store ang mga nagbabalikang OFWs. Let us tap their skills. It is one way of reversing the brain drain,” Recto said.

He said that the national government “is forecast to end 2018 with 246,596 unfilled positions, while industry leaders have warned that skilled labor shortage might hinder the country’s “golden age of infrastructure.”

Recto said the Department of Education (DepEd) has teaching vacancies this year, consisting of 81,000 positions authorized in the 2018 national budget plus 34,436 positions carried over from past years’ appropriations.

He said the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) should restart its “Sa ‘Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir” project which helps OFWs who have degrees in education to land jobs at DepEd.

DepEd, which has a budget of P105.4 billion in 2018 for Basic Education Facilities, which include classrooms, is also setting aside the equivalent of P3 billion for site validation, hiring of engineers, and detailed engineering activities.