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'Pambansang Pabahay’ to generate work for Filipinos

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- To prepare for the expected surge in demand for construction workers once the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Program is fully implemented this year, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) is collaborating with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to improve the skills of housing industry workers.

Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar of the DHSUD mentioned his anticipation of a rapid rise in the demand for construction workers in the upcoming months as President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s "Pambansang Pabahay" program is expected to launch at full capacity.

Pointing out that a shortage of skilled workers is currently one of the issues they are facing when construction reaches its peak, Secretary Acuzar said, "We have a problem with the availability of skilled workers.”

To tackle this challenge, DHSUD started discussions with TESDA Director General Danilo Cruz as early as October last year. This proactive measure aims to equip construction workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the workforce demand of housing project development.

Acuzar also stated that the housing department is currently in communication with TESDA to organize training programs for skilled workers such as carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and those involved in the finishing touches of masonry work. “Kaya kami po ay nakikipag-usap sa TESDA para magkaroon ng training para sa kanila,” he emphasized.

TESDA has also conveyed its support for increasing the labor force in the housing and construction industries, as well as enhancing skillsets.

Right now, we are looking at all angles and aspects to prepare for the beginning of actual implementation of the Pambansang Pabahay on the ground. We are fast-tracking construction so that we can adjust with the projected increase in cost,” stated Acuzar. He added that they require a sufficient workforce to ensure that they can construct and deliver the houses on schedule for fellow Filipinos.

The administration’s flagship mass housing program aims to build one million housing units every year for the next six years to bridge the growing housing gap. According to DHSUD, the project is expected to create around 1.7 million job opportunities annually, including positions for construction workers. This significant number of jobs is anticipated to aid the government's efforts to recover from the pandemic and advance the Marcos administration's 8-point economic agenda. (EEDC/PIA-CPSD)

Photo credit: Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development

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