‘No ransom for 5 construction workers’

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – The city government is sticking to its no-ransom policy in response to the kidnapping of five construction workers on Saturday,.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 17th, 2017

COA smells something fishy in construction of P299M worth of infra projects

The Commission on Audit has smelled something fishy in the implementation of some P299 million in infrastructure projects in Aurora province when it was discovered that the same set of workers and equipment were tapped at the same time to work on a number of projects. COA smells something fishy in construction of P299M worth… link: COA smells something fishy in construction of P299M worth of infra projects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

4 killed as old war bomb explodes near Egypt’s new capital

Four workers were killed on Monday when a bomb from a former war exploded at a construction site where Egypt is building its new capital, a security official said.   The ordnance had laid dormant from a previous war, said the official, who did not specify which war and spoke on condition of anonymity.   The country's new capital is under construction about 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of current capital Cairo.   Workers are building a new district to house a new presidential palace, parliament, 32 ministries, and foreign embassies. /kga...Keep on reading: 4 killed as old war bomb explodes near Egypt’s new capital.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

What brought workers, students to Labor Day 2018 rally

MANILA, Philippines – Leonel Adrales has been helping build 35-story buildings for a construction company in Manila for nearly 30 years.  But throughout his decades of loyalty and service, not once has he been offered regular employment. Instead, for every building project, he and his peers are given contracts to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Salceda says PH may import skilled workers from China and Burma

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Representative Joey Salceda said Monday, April 30, that the Philippines  is considering importing skilled construction workers from China and Burma once the so-called 'golden age of infrastructure program' of the Duterte administration or Build Build Build gets into in full swing. Salceda, vice chairman of the committee ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

2 workers die in landslide

SAN JUAN, La Union, Philippines — Two workers were buried alive in a landslide at a construction site in Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union on Friday. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

5 construction workers killed in Cebu bunkhouse collapse -

5 construction workers killed in Cebu bunkhouse collapse -»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Bunkhouse collapses in Cebu; 5 dead, 55 hurt

MANILA, Philippines — Five persons died and 55 others were injured when a four-story bunkhouse for construction workers collapsed in Barangay Lahug, Cebu Cit Source link link: Bunkhouse collapses in Cebu; 5 dead, 55 hurt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

5 construction workers killed in Cebu bunkhouse collapse

Published: 6:58 a.m., Feb. 6, 2018 | Updated: 10:31 p.m., Feb. 6, 2018 CEBU CITY --- Utility worker William Bahao was sound asleep past 2 a.m. on Tuesday when he was jolted by a crackling sound from the roof of a bunkhouse. A few seconds later, the four-story bunkhouse, where he and more than 160 construction workers were staying, crumbled at Barangay Lahug here. Five construction workers were killed while four others were seriously wounded following the collapse. At least 154 others suffered minor injuries, reports said. Place to stay Rescuers sent to the construction site said Iveen Villarin, 23, a resident of the City of Naga; Francisco Diapera, 43, of Toledo City; Carl...Keep on reading: 5 construction workers killed in Cebu bunkhouse collapse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Sugar workers turning to construction work for better pay — SRA

        The Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) is trying to find ways to keep the sugar industry alive as more and more farmers shift to working in other industries with better pay.   In an interview with SRA administrator Hermenegildo Serafica, he said the agency had to make adjustments on its production outlook this year as reports from different provinces showed the country's sugar producers are gradually leaving the sector.   "Almost all our milling districts right now are affected with the infrastructure project, especially the cane cutters. If you are a cane cutter, you will opt to work in the 'Build, Build, Build' since the ...Keep on reading: Sugar workers turning to construction work for better pay — SRA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2018

Sugar workers expected to shift to construction jobs

THE sugar industry is facing a labor crunch due to the attractiveness of construction jobs becoming available under the government’s ambitious infrastructure program, the Sugar Regulatory Administration said. “With ‘Build, Build, Build’ almost all milling districts are affected. If you are a cane cutter, you would prefer construction because the pay is higher,” Administrator Hermenegildo […] The post Sugar workers expected to shift to construction jobs appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018


Workers bear the noontime heat as they work on the construction of a 37-story residential building along C.M. Recto and Ramon Magsaysay Streets in Davao City on Thursday morning, February 22, 2018. (Medel V. Hernani/»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Gov’t wooing OFWs to help ‘Build, build, build’

The head of the Duterte administration's economic team wants to bring back skilled Filipino construction workers currently overseas to help in the rollout of the government's ambitious "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program. "I was told that getting skilled workers is getting a little bit tough. I am talking about technicians, welders," Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III told reporters recently. Under "Build, build, build," the government plans to implement 75 massive projects, about half of which are targeted for completion within President Duterte's term. The program will entail spending a total of P8.13 trillion on hard and modern infrastructure until 2022 to usher ...Keep on reading: Gov’t wooing OFWs to help ‘Build, build, build’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2018

‘Train and Fetish for Coke’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: FINANCE Secretary Sonny Dominguez took the personal initiative to explain the impact of the landmark Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion. This after some artists attempted to tweak the real and equitable benefits that Filipinos will derive from TRAIN. It is rather sad that some quarters are muddling up the positive impacts of the new tax reform law but funny enough to make the increase of the price of Coca-Cola as their principal issue as though it is the national fetish of Filipinos. Truth is, imposing higher tax on the sweet drink is a panacea to what seems to be an incurable proclivity of Pinoys for coke. The Cola, just like cigarettes, is among the top causes of affliction and death of us Pinoys – diabetes. By the way those who are now dependent on drugs for their diabetes the news is the prescribe drugs will be tax free and therefore expect the price to plummet. In summary and in sum, those who earn P250,000 keeps their P50,000 tax which they use to pay.Those in the upper bracket enjoy tax benefits too. We have to emphasize this as this is where the largest population of wage earners belong. The thousands of public school teachers will celebrate once the get hold of their take home pay. The burden now is actually transferred to the rich and they better not dodge paying the right tax otherwise life will be a little bit more difficult for them under the Duterte regime and while the Department of Finance is under the watch of Secretary Dominguez. Why make an issue about the luxury cars being taxed a little less. Just how many luxury cars can one have in his garage. But think about the other incentives if you are really hunting for a car. An environment friendly vehicle like an electric car is even tax free and a hybrid variety with so little tax. Incentive is the key word. In short when the team of Secretary Dominguez crafted TRAIN, they are not only looking for money to fund the massive infrastructures that we are so in dire need of, they are also looking after the health of the nation. Those who find fault in TRAIN will not just stop with Coke which they had raised to underscore the negative impact of the tax reform law on the poorest of the poor. It is actually belaboring the issue but to answer the idiotic question DSWD actually has funds for them and their will be corresponding adjustments that is provided for by TRAIN. What maybe they would raise next are the beggars in the streets. These poor and the mendicants are not in the radar screen of TRAIN when it comes to tax but just the same they are part of the inclusion. The revenues that TRAIN will raise is primarily for infrastructures. Railways, roads and bridges, airports, seaports and irrigation among others. In addition to the billions of pesos that TRAIN will raise are cheap loans from Japan and China. Never in our history do we have this availment of cheap money which comes with an incredible terms that give the country a holiday of over ten years before we start paying the loans. That is why under the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program the momentum of development could be much faster that our usual expectation. Even with the implementation of the projects, expect shortages in skilled personnel especially in the railway projects. Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transporation had advanced the idea of setting up a Railway institute while construction is ongoing because managing and maintaining railways are something strange to Filipinos. Other infrastructures, like roads, bridges and building would be needing thousands of workers. With network of infrastructures expect productivity to rise above normal levels. These will generate if not motivate people to produce more as access to the markets will now be cheaper and their profits doubled. The entire nation is celebrating the prospects and the dawning of the new era. The surveys say it all. An overwhelming number of Filipinos look up to 2018 and beyond with unprecedented optimism. This is only shadowed by the results of the surveys which show an all time high in the TRUST and SATISFACTION ratings which are pegged in the grade of “Excellence”. No matter how and what the opposition and critics will do no amount of demonizing and rallies can diminish that trust and satisfaction or derail the programs of the Duterte administration. The President is focused on his agenda, and his Cabinet members are on track. Even the players in telecom industry which had been so laggard and so inept for decades and have become a national shame are now uneasy with the mere announcement of the entry of the 3rd Telecom player. The duopoly suddenly came out with series of announcement that they are pouring in billions of dollars to address the sluggish internet speed, drop calls and inadequate availability of telecom service in the country. Oh well, these duopoly thought they have the monopoly of and knowledge of the telecom technology and how to run it. Early in the Presidency of Duterte, one of them had the temerity of telling the President to leave telecom alone as this is an area where the duopoly has the sole expertise. To there surprise this President, whom they thought is so […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

9 dead, 5 hurt in collapse of bridge in Colombia

At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Mandaluyong police chief, 10 others relieved of post after shooting that left 2 civilians dead

The newly designated police chief of Mandaluyong City was administratively relieved of his post pending investigation of the Thursday night mistaken shooting by cops of an AUV bearing six construction workers rushing a wounded woman to hospital, the NCRPO director, Gen. Oscar Albayalde said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

WW2 bomb prompts evacuation of Cebu IT Park employees

CEBU CITY---Workers in seven IT park buildings and residents near the area were evacuated when a vintage bomb was extracted. The bomb was found in a construction site at the Cebu IT Park in Barangay Apas, Cebu City. Employees from Teleperformance, Skyrise 1 and 2, CJRS, Ebloc Tower 1, Ebloc Tower 4, Avida Towers Riala, and Avida Towers Cebu had to evacuate their buildings while experts from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit extracted the World War II 1,000-pound bomb. Chief Inspector Clark Arriola said about 10,000 employees were asked to evacuate. The removal of the bomb began at 3 a.m. and ended around 6:30 a.m. The bomb was then transported to Carmon Copper, a mining...Keep on reading: WW2 bomb prompts evacuation of Cebu IT Park employees.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Cebu IT Park buildings evacuated due to vintage bomb

CEBU CITY - At least eight buildings inside the Cebu IT Park were ordered evacuated Monday night, December 18, after construction workers found a vintage bomb at a nearby construction site. The Cebu IT Park is where most of the city's business process outsourcing companies are located, with more than ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 18th, 2017

As Olympics near, South Korea agonizes over post-Games costs

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — South Korean officials have ruled out turning a state-of-the-art Olympic skating arena into a giant seafood freezer. Other than that, not much is certain about the country's post-Winter Games plans for a host of expensive venues. As officials prepare for the games in and around the small mountain town of Pyeongchang, there are lingering worries over the huge financial burden facing one of the nation's poorest regions. Local officials hope that the Games will provide a badly needed economic boost by marking the area as a world-class tourist destination. But past experience shows that hosts who justified their Olympics with expectations of financial windfalls were often left deeply disappointed when the fanfare ended. This isn't lost on Gangwon province, which governs Pyeongchang and nearby Gangneung, a seaside city that will host Olympic skating and hockey events. Officials there are trying hard to persuade the national government to pay to maintain new stadiums that will have little use once the athletes leave. Seoul, however, is so far balking at the idea. The Olympics, which begin Feb. 9, will cost South Korea about 14 trillion won ($12.9 billion), much more than the 8 to 9 trillion won ($7 to 8 billion) the country projected as the overall cost when Pyeongchang won the bid in 2011. Worries over costs have cast a shadow over the games among residents long frustrated with what they say were decades of neglect in a region that doesn't have much going on other than domestic tourism and fisheries. "What good will a nicely managed global event really do for residents when we are struggling so much to make ends meet?" said Lee Do-sung, a Gangneung restaurant owner. "What will the games even leave? Maybe only debt." ___ TEARING THINGS DOWN The atmosphere was starkly different three decades ago when grand preparations for the 1988 Seoul Summer Games essentially shaped the capital into the modern metropolis it is today. A massive sports complex and huge public parks emerged alongside the city's Han River. Next came new highways, bridges and subway lines. Forests of high-rise buildings rose above the bulldozed ruins of old commercial districts and slums. The legacy of the country's second Olympics will be less clear. In a country that cares much less now about the recognition that large sporting events bring, it will potentially be remembered more for things dismantled than built. Pyeongchang's picturesque Olympic Stadium — a pentagonal 35,000-seat arena that sits in a county of 40,000 people — will only be used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics before workers tear it down. A scenic downhill course in nearby Jeongseon will also be demolished after the games to restore the area to its natural state. Fierce criticism by environmentalists over the venue being built on a pristine forest sacred to locals caused construction delays that nearly forced pre-Olympic test events to be postponed. Gangwon officials want the national government to share costs for rebuilding the forest, which could be as much as 102 billion won ($95 million). ___ NO FISH Despite more than a decade of planning, Gangwon remains unsure what to do with the Olympic facilities it will keep. Winter sports facilities are often harder to maintain than summer ones because of the higher costs for maintaining ice and snow and the usually smaller number of people they attract. That's especially true in South Korea, which doesn't have a strong winter sports culture. Not all ideas are welcome. Gangwon officials say they never seriously considered a proposal to convert the 8,000-seat Gangneung Oval, the Olympic speed skating venue, into a refrigerated warehouse for seafood. Officials were unwilling to have frozen fish as part of their Olympic legacy. Gangwon officials also dismissed a theme park developer's suggestion to make the stadium a gambling venue where people place bets on skating races, citing the country's strict laws and largely negative view of gambling. A plan to have the 10,000-capacity Gangneung Hockey Center host a corporate league hockey team fell apart. Even worse off are Pyeongchang's bobsleigh track, ski jump hill and the biathlon and cross-country skiing venues, which were built for sports South Koreans are largely uninterested in. After its final inspection visit in August, the International Olympic Committee warned Pyeongchang's organizers that they risked creating white elephants from Olympic venues, though it didn't offer specific suggestions for what to do differently. Cautionary tales come from Athens, which was left with a slew of abandoned stadiums after the 2004 Summer Games that some say contributed to Greece's financial meltdown and Nagano, the Japanese town that never got the tourism bump it expected after spending an estimated $10.5 billion for the 1998 Winter Games. Some Olympic venues have proved to be too costly to maintain. The $100 million luge and bobsled track built in Turin for the 2006 games was later dismantled because of high operating costs. Pyeongchang will be only the second Olympic host to dismantle its ceremonial Olympic Stadium immediately after the games — the 1992 Winter Olympics host Albertville did so as well. ___ 'MONEY-DRINKING HIPPOS' Gangwon has demanded that the national government in Seoul pay for maintaining at least four Olympic facilities after the Games — the speed skating arena, hockey center, bobsleigh track and ski jump hill. This would save the province about 6 billion won ($5.5 million) a year, according to Park Cheol-sin, a Gangwon official. But the national government says doing so would be unfair to other South Korean cities that struggled financially after hosting large sports events. Incheon, the indebted 2014 Asian Games host, has a slew of unused stadiums now mocked as "money-drinking hippos." It would also be a hard sell to taxpayers outside of Gangwon, said Lee Jae-soon, an official from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Unlike the 1988 Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, which were brought to South Korea after bids driven by the national government, the provincial government led the bid for the Pyeongchang games and it did so without any commitment from Seoul over footing the bill. Under current plans, Gangwon will be managing at least six Olympic facilities after the games. These facilities will create a 9.2 billion won ($8.5 million) deficit for the province every year, a sizable burden for a quickly-aging region that had the lowest income level among South Korean provinces in 2013, according to the Korea Industrial Strategy Institute, which was commissioned by Gangwon to analyze costs. Hong Jin-won, a Gangneung resident and activist who has been monitoring Olympic preparations for years, said the real deficit could be even bigger. The institute's calculation is based on assumptions that each facility would generate at least moderate levels of income, which Hong says is no sure thing. He said that could mean welfare spending gets slashed to help make up the lack of money. South Korea, a rapidly-aging country with a worsening job market and widening rich-poor gap, has by far the highest elderly poverty rate among rich nations, according to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development figures. If Seoul doesn't pay for the Olympic facilities, and Gangwon can't turn them into cultural or leisure facilities, it might make more sense for Gangwon to just tear them down. Park said the national government must step up because the "Olympics are a national event, not a Gangwon event.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Where are the houses?

  Workers prepare to install houses made of “sandwich panels” in Barangay Sagonsongan in Marawi City. As of noon of November 24, 2017, only four houses and one still roofless house had been installed. Korean national Park Myung Soo of Shin Hwa Construction said he had taken over from a previous Korean partner whom he […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 26th, 2017

Japan to train Filipino construction workers

The Philippines and Japan have agreed to cooperate in training construction workers to help address a shortage in skilled labor in the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017