Singapore opens doors to Pinoy construction workers


Posted at Feb 06 2014 12:48 PM | Updated as of Feb 07 2014 07:59 PM

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MANILA - Construction workers are in high demand in Singapore amid a construction boom in the city state.

A Singapore-based building and construction company has already set up a training center in the Philippines to help fill the 200 construction jobs needed every month.

"Yung exam dito, hindi siya madali, medyo mahirap siya kailangang maghanda ka ng mabuti," said trainer Joe Marie Magbetico.

Among those currently training at the center is Ian Malones, a former construction worker in the province. Malones said the income he earns in the province is no longer enough to sustain his family.

"Kung kailangan mo talagang gumanda ang buhay mo paghirapan mo kahit mahirap," said Malones who will be among the first batch of workers set to leave for Singapore in March.

The workers need to be skilled in electrical wiring installation, plumbing, pipe fitting, steel reinforcement, plastering and tiling.

Applicants should be between 20 and 45 years old and pass an exam to be issued a certification by Singapore's Building and Construction Authority.

Interested applicants may call the Santarli main office at (046) 431-7847 or (02) 881-9936. Report from Apples Jalandoni, ABS-CBN News