Olongapo City Skills Training Center

Monday, January 14, 2008

why it is very difficult to find welders?

By Ignacio Bunye

Have you ever wondered why it is very difficult to find welders?

The simple reason is that thousands of our best welders are now employed by Hanjin shipyards in Redondo Peninsula in Zambales. The fourth largest shipbuilding facility in the world expects to build 60 ships a year, 5 ships a month, and that requires a lot of welders. And we are just talking of Zambales. Wait till Hanjin opens its shipbuilding facility in Cagayan de Oro City. This week, President Arroyo witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Hanjin Heavy Industries and the Phividec Industrial Authority for the construction of a $2 Billion shipbuilding complex.

TESDA will have its hands full trying to train the manpower needed for such huge complex let alone supply the needs of the construction industry.

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