Metro Manila construction workers need pay hike


Posted at Oct 16 2017 10:04 AM

MANILA - The salary of construction workers in Metro Manila should be increased to compensate for the cost of getting stuck in traffic jams, the head of one of the country's largest construction firms said Monday.

The adjustment could be around P200 to P300 per day, DMCI chairman Isidro Consunji told ANC's Market Edge with Cathy Yang.

The government estimates an additional 2.5 million construction workers are needed to augment the existing 3.3-million workforce and construct P8 trillion in new infrastructure, said trade undersecretary Ruth Castelo.

"The problem is acute here in Metro Manila," said Consunji, who also chairs the Philippine Overseas Construction Board.

"There will be certain adjustments in the salaries of construction workers that may be required, particularly in Metro Manila," he said.

Unlike other laborers in manufacturing, those in construction are exposed to more hazards, Consunji said.

"If the wages are not commensurate to the effort involved, you cannot encourage people to accept the (construction) training," he said.

Consunji said DMCI was interested in government's infrastructure projects, particularly toll roads and aviation.