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‘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

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

2M more workers needed for ‘Build Build Build’

A Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) official said on Thursday that 2 million more workers will be needed for the government’s “Build Build Build” infrastructure program, noting that it is ramping up efforts to provide trainings to those wishing to work in construction. Speaking on the sidelines of the 1st Philippines-Japan Conference on Construction [...] The post 2M more workers needed for ‘Build Build Build’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 25th, 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. The two governments on Thursday signed a memorandum of cooperation during the 1st Philippines-Japan Conference on Construction, signed by Ruth B. Castelo, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary for Competitiveness and […] The post Japan to train Filipino construction workers appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Fresh cement swallows 2 laborers

TWO construction workers yesterday died in a tragedy that struck the Ayala Mall construction site in Bacolod City. Police Regional Office 6 director Chief Supt. Cesar Hawthorne Binag identified the fatalities as Doddy Boy Mallorca, 30, a resident of Manapla, Negros Occidental and Hercalo Abraham, 36, of Magsungay, Bacolod City.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Vintage bomb found at resort

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines  — Construction workers discovered a vintage bomb at a resort in Sitio Murok, Barangay Pasonanca in this city before noon on Thur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Canadians rally behind ailing Filipino who needs medical care, permanent status

  RED DEER, Alberta -- The University of Calgary dormitory reminds Alfredo Aguilar, 45, of the days when he helped lay down its 54 concrete floors, along with other construction workers.   The building is only one of the many prominent structures Aguilar helped build. Back in the Philippines, he was a farmer from his hometown in Pangasinan.   It was in 2009 when he decided to try his luck in Canada and landed a job as a vegetable packer in Ontario. "I was supposed to work as a construction worker in Calgary, but because of the recession got moved to Ontario," said the father of two boys.   In 2013, he decided to move to Alberta to take on ...Keep on reading: Canadians rally behind ailing Filipino who needs medical care, permanent status.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

W. Visayas needs more construction, ICT workers

By: Perla Lena CONSTRUCTION and the information communication technology (ICT) are the topmost priority industries for employment and also have the most hard-to-fill vacancies in Western Visayas. This was the result of the 2017 validation for the Project Jobs Fit conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and presented before members of the media […] The post W. Visayas needs more construction, ICT workers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

14 feared dead in Malaysian landslide

TANJUNG BUNGAH, Malaysia: Two workers were found dead and 12 others were missing Saturday after a landslide at a construction site on the popular Malaysian tourist island of Penang, officials said. Rescuers rushed to the Tanjung Bungah area on the north of Penang after the accident was reported just before 9 a.m. (0100 GMT), the [...] The post 14 feared dead in Malaysian landslide appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 21st, 2017

Search on for 2 missing workers at El Nido

      CITY OF CALAPAN---Authorities are looking for two persons who were reported missing since Monday afternoon after venturing into the sea on separate occasions off El Nido in Palawan province.   Report reaching Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan (Mimaropa) police office disclosed that one of the missing persons was identified as Rafael Canillas Jr., 32, a construction worker from Novaliches, Quezon City.   Canillas disappeared after he was dragged by a receding big wave while swimming with four co-workers at Lio Beach in Barangay (village) Libertad.   Report said Canillas was reported missing at around 11:57 a.m. but the...Keep on reading: Search on for 2 missing workers at El Nido.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Metro Manila construction workers need pay hike – ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN News Metro Manila construction workers need pay hikeABS-CBN NewsMANILA – 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 … and more »… link: Metro Manila construction workers need pay hike – ABS-CBN News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Graduating class of Escuela Taller of Bohol ready to help restore earthquake-damaged built heritage

A total of 48 young men and women completes the one-year training program in traditional construction and conservation techniques for masonry, carpentry and wall finishing. This group of young people are now part of a unique pool of specialists and skilled workers in conservation aptly called Heritage Protectors......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Qatar must protect construction workers from lethal heat, rights group says

Qatar must protect construction workers from lethal heat, rights group says.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

4 bodies found in rainwater tank

BATANGAS, Philippines — Four construction workers were found dead in a rainwater tank in Sitio Barandal, Barangay San Francisco, Lipa, Batangas yesterday mor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

Davao’s construction industry needs more workers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 6 Sept) – Major construction players said there is a shortage of workers in the real estate industry in Davao City, following an aggressive expansion of major firms here. Davao Constructors Association Center Inc. (DCACI) president Michael U. Te told a business forum on Tuesday that the demand for workers has [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsSep 6th, 2017