The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced the availability of opportunities in Guam for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello cited Citing a labor market report by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Los Angeles (POLO-LA), in which Assistant Labor Attaché Armi Peña said employers in the construction service sector are ready to hire skilled and semi-skilled OFWs.
Bello said the POLO-LA has been receiving increasing requests from accredited construction sector employers in Guam for job order and employment contract verification. The POLO-LA told Bello Guam’s Department of Labor director, David Dell’Solla, has reached out to their office, expressing the intent of several contractors there to hire more skilled construction and maintenance Filipino workers.
According to the Guam labor department. OFWs would be hired under the H2 visa, which defines the procedures and requirements for the continuing absorption of Filipino workers in Guam.
Among the Guam firms needing workers are Northern Construction (27 job orders); 5M Construction Corp. (24 job orders – 11 carpenters, 12 cement masons, 1 heavy equipment operator); and BME and Sons, Inc. (10 job orders, all carpenters). Their Philippine Recruitment Agency (PRA) is Global Manpower.
The Office of the Labor Attaché in LA has opened all communication lines to interview foreign principals for the documentary requirements to determine their veracity.
The verified and approved job orders by POLO-LA are Northern Construction’s 27 job orders with seven master employment contracts for three heavy equipment operators, three HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) and refrigeration mechanics, eight carpenters, nine cement masons, two sheet metal workers, one mechanical engineer, and one civil engineer.
It added that POLO-LA said requests for accreditation for new employers continue to arrive. One of them is the Architectural Painting Services, LLC, which intends to employ 50 painters, with Venture Management Systems International Corp. as its PRA.
Another company, Contrack Watts, Inc. intends to employ five reinforcing metal workers, four heavy equipment operators, and four pipefitters, with Global Manpower as its PRA.
The POLO is undertaking a thorough background check to determine the applicant’s track record and favorable standards for managing the employment of foreign workers. (PNA)