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Guam to Hire 20,000 Skilled Filipino Workers


From Manila Bulletin, April 10, 2008. News by Roy C. Mabasa.

Guam will hire more than 20,000 skilled Filipino workers to facilitate the construction of an expanded US military base on that island, the mayor of the US territory’s capital said the other night.

During a testimonial dinner tendered for him by the Philippine International Sisterhood and Twinning Association (PHISTA) in Makati City, Agana Mayor Paul McDonald said this matter will be discussed when Guam officials meet with their counterparts from the Philippines at the first Annual Pacific Mayors’ Conference to be held on April 19-23, 2008 in Agana, Guam’s capital.

McDonald said it is only practical to hire Filipino workers whom he described as “hardworking, skillful and, most importantly, proficient in English language.”

“Communication and our shared culture are practical reasons why we prefer Filipino workers over other nationalities,” McDonald said in an interview.

McDonald, who is in Manila on consultations with his Filipino counterparts, was accompanied by other Guam officials led by Mayor Francisco “Frank” C. Blas of Tamuning-Tumon village.

The forthcoming conference, which is the inaugural event of the Association of Pacific Island Local Governments (APILG), will be attended by mayors from the host island Guam, the Philippines, and the Commonwealth islands of Palau, Rota, Tinian and Saipan. APILG was established in Manila on Feb. 27, 2007 with then Manila mayor and now Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza as its vice president.

The opening of new job opportunities in Guam for Filipino workers came following the impending relocation of thousands of US military personnel and facilities from Okinawa, Japan to Guam.

At present, 33,453 US military personnel are stationed in Japan, while another 5,500 American civilians are employed there by the US government.

McDonald said an estimated $ 13 billion will be spent for the construction of various facilities and housing for US military personnel in the span of four years.

In response, PHISTA officials led by Aurora Mayor Annabele Tangson and Tagudin, Ilocos Sur Mayor Roque Versoza, Jr., president and treasurer respectively, thanked McDonald for giving priority to Filipino workers.

“This is a great opportunity not only for our workers and their respective families, but to the Philippines in general,” Versoza said, noting its potential benefits to the country’s economy.

“Act local, think global would be one of our guiding principles in PHISTA. We hope that this is the start of exchanges of good practices not only in the realm of culture but also in terms of economic and social development. We will continue to work hard to make the partnership prosper and develop into something concrete. When I say concrete it means that our people will feel the benefits of the exchanges,” Tangson said.

Both Tangson and Versoza will be part of a delegation of Filipino city and municipal mayors who will participate in the Guam conference.

According to McDonald, the mission of the conference is to “conduct an international event that reflects the objectives of the association and showcases the culture of its members.”

The conference will likewise tackle the organization’s other objectives such as the ongoing military buildup in Guam, labor opportunities, cultural exchanges, networking among Pacific neighbors, business and investments, affordable health care, agriculture and education.

He said they have invited officials from various agencies of the US government to speak about relevant issues, including the guidelines for the entry and hiring of foreign workers.

Among those who were invited to speak in the conference were US Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (Guam), US Department of Labor Administrator Greg Massey, US Navy Capt. Robert Lee, Acting Guam Speaker Edward Calvo, Immigration lawyer Melinda Swavely, realtor W. Nicholas Captain, and Guam contractor John Robertson.

McDonald said they will also discuss with all the participants other issues such as investments, cultural exchanges, networking with Pacific neighbors, affordable health care, agriculture and education.

He noted that aside from its rich labor market, the Philippines is also the leading destination for medical tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.

“You have excellent doctors, nurses and hospital facilities here which are affordable and accessible to us in the Pacific,” he said.

Guam is only about a three-hour plane ride from Manila. Guam, an island in the western Pacific Ocean, is one of five US territories with established civilian governments. It is the 32nd largest island in the United States.


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37 Responses to Guam to Hire 20,000 Skilled Filipino Workers

  1. Darwin Amon Bitong says:

    mayroon bang bagong update ang trabaho sa Guam ngayon kasi marami ang nag-aabang kung kailan ang open niyan. sa ngayon ang nababasa namin dito sa U.S.Naval Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ay panay haka-haka pa lang kung kailan ang simula ng deployment. Ano nga pala ang agency na nag-papaalis sa mga workers. maraming salamat.



  3. Liza says:

    Not that I’m totally impressed, but this is a lot more than I expected when I stumpled upon a link on SU telling that the info here is quite decent. Thanks.

  4. Loida Garcia says:

    This is a very good news. Hope there will be vacancies for Health Workers too. Pls advice us how and when to file our applications. I am a Nurse by profession for almost 8 years now. Hope you could spend time to help us. Thank you very much. Good Day!

  5. Joemar says:

    I’m from YWA Human Resource Corp., a manpower agency in Manila. Based in the news yesterday there was no job order yet for Guam. But our office actually have a job order issued by POEA last September 2008. Positions we are processing are Electricians, Machinists, Pipefitters, Shipfitters and Welders. POEA might have somehow overlooked this. Anyway, we are already processing workers for Guam Shipyard. There were employer interview schedules conducted last March and another this May of this year. As per our employer, possible deployment will be this coming September 2009.

  6. baby says:

    baby nepomuceno
    jully 12 2009
    sana po mayron na bago news about the job for guam marami waiting sa job na yan isa naa po ako dun.im a sales lady,care takee,waitress.care giver.befor thats a local job.but i have move in guam if they avai.for the ofw.thank in good bless

  7. Christine says:

    just asking how im going to apply??im very much interested

  8. Borgie says:

    anong agency po ang ngpapaalis sa 20 thousand filipino workers? at pede din po ba ang laborer at ung certification of employment.

  9. jackie says:

    sir kelan po ang simula ng pagha hire nyo para po alma naman namin pls put some update n anong trabaho po ang mga requires pls respond

  10. Murphy says:

    Good morning Sir. Can I please know when your hiring starts. Im a Registered Architect with 13 years of solid experience. Hoping to hear from you sir. Thanks

  11. jhun marcelo says:

    sir what agency in the philippines hiring filipino. thanks

  12. sir what agency in the philippines hiring filipino.

  13. Manuelito S. Silva says:

    ang brother ko po ay steelman ngayon sa saudi panu po kaya makakapag apply siya dun?

  14. meg says:

    sir good day,,

    what agency po dito sa pinas ang mag-hihire ng mga filipino sa guam?


    I just want to know what agencies and web site I can apply. Is online application availabe? My current job contract in Saudi Arabia will terminate early next year and I to try the opportunity in Guam.

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  17. BELLY DIZON says:

    please naman po advise us kung saan at paano aaply?tigwelder po ako anong exact month at year ang hiring?

  18. hope i can find an agency that will hire a fresh graduate without experienced so that i can expertise my skills in smaw and gtaw welding

  19. I’m a bachelors degree graduate and I’m finding for a job specially agricultural jobs in Guam agronomy division which focus my interest can you help me find a job?

  20. Arnel Davi Garcia says:

    Goodluck na lang sa atin mgea bro! happy new year to all of you!

  21. live says:

    Gud day to all…I just want to know if true ba talagang lahat ng news na napapanood ko sa t.v, many officials & our very own President say’s that all female welders now are in-demand in different countries most of all now in Guam…Why the sudden thruth now revealed na parang Propaganda lang un for the coming election this year. I’m one of TESDA Graduate as female welders halos makagbigay na kami sa mga nasabi agencies at halos mapuntahan na namin mga POEA accridted na naghihire daw ng female welders but until now halos wala pa yata sa 10 female welders ang nakalabas ng bansa lalo na sa mga TESDA graduates ngayon gaano katotoo lahat ng mga anouncement ng mga nanunungkulan tungkol dito lalo na si Sir Syjuco? E halos marami na kming welders na with complete papers at with couple of years experience sa filled namin bakit until now wala pa rin nagkakatototo makaalis samin yung isang kasamahan nga namin Trainer na sa AG&P yard at may matagal na ding experience til now hoping pa din…GAANO PO BA KATOTOO ITO?

  22. Melay says:

    OO nga po I’m one of Tesda Womens Center Graduates, pero sa mga news na nababalitaan ko ay parang ginagamit nalang na pampabango sa mga tatakbo. Mula sa unang batch ng mga Trainess na female welders ng TWC halos wala pa sa 10% ang nakaalis as female welders abroad lalo na sa mga bansang Canada, Australia, USA, Japan, at Guam na laging nababanggit sa mga news. Tulad nalang ng mga dumagsang tao sa MOA ng mag announce sila ng malaking Job Fairs sa nasa sampung libong katao na sumugod at lumuwas pa galing sa ibat-ibang malalayong lugar hindi lahat na entertain at sa lahat ng yun nasa 100 lang naman ang nagkaron ng trabaho at karamihan local hires lang hindi naman pa abroad.

  23. june delfin says:

    anung agency pwdng mag-apply s guam?

  24. Samuel Fulgencio says:

    paki update na lang po ako kung kelan maghire ng workers ang guam thank you, e2 po contact # ko 09212482405

  25. roselle says:

    Gusto ko po mag apply any position available sa guam, houseworker, factory worker, hotel, restaurant or hospital.

    Hope that I can hear from your good office. I am very eager to work in Guam… thank you and mabuhay

  26. roselle says:

    san accredited agency po pla kami pwde mag apply. May I know the contact details? thank again.

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  29. sir / where we are going to apply in guam,ako po ay nkapag trabaho na s saudi arabia,1988,1990, u,s embassy.housing project.in riyahd k.s.a…as shattering carpenter.nbalik ako sa jubbleel.1993 1995 as finising mason.2003 2005.saudi aramco.finising carpenter..2006 2008.carp foreman.sia water coolling tower project.in stete of kuwait.2008 2009.constraction foreman..stete of qatar..sangayon po dito lang ako sa philippines.nag iintay kung saan puweding mag apply going to guam.salamat po at mabuhay tayung mga pilipino…

  30. im daniel paculba
    im apply as a pipefiitter ofr offshore or on shore as pipingforeman.now im a working in bayu-undan project.darwen lng.my contruct only 35 days.im enteristed to work in your company.

    regards to all

  31. dante garde panambo says:

    Gud day madam/sir:

    im presently working in riyadh as heavy equipment backhoe operator

    Gusto ko pong lumawak at ishare ang aking skills sana sa bansang guam ko na po mapaginhawa ang aking pamilya maraming salamat po

  32. rhey collins tacay says:

    it’s good if they’ll goin to hire OFW goin to work in guam,and its a good apportunity to skilled workers like us,they can help us and our families and like wise we can help guam also by working hard to the project….
    thank you and God Bless..

  33. larry restacio says:

    sir ask k lng po kung meron na po bang agencies hiring job order in guam.i interested po ako mag work sa guam.i have expeince in family driver in saudi in 2009,preaparing goog products in gold price manufacturing com in 2001 in pasig city,jewerly apprisal in santolan pawnshop in marikina branch pls ask me sir this my number 09293970491 thank goodblees

  34. larry restacio says:

    good day sir/maam, sna po isa po akong pagpalahin na mka apply ulit abroad sa guam,d2 ako pinas work in farmers now i ask u si/maam sna mkatulong sa family ang pag aaply sa guam alang alang sa kapatid k sa pg aaral npatigil po sya sa school,,dhil nagigipit po family k sna po isa ako sa pgpalain mkpg apply thanks po

  35. Beverly says:

    Good day! I used to work in a US company in one of the Military Base in Iraq as a Storekeeper. Can you give me an idea kung saan po pwede mag apply. I really appreciate your prompt reply. thank you and have a nice day.

  36. diane says:

    ako dn galing tesda women’s center cnubukan ko n mgapply abroad pro ang hrap mkhnap n nghihire n female welder…pampabango lng nla un

  37. Sir/Mam,

    I have read your posted message at trabahophilippines that you are in need of a journeyman lineman. I am Rolando U. de Vera from Philippines. I have been a senior lead man for 14 years in Dagupan Electric Corp. and a 4 years journeyman lineman since 2006-2009.I have experience in Frames transmission steel tower. Eriction of transmission steel tower. String transmission line. Perform transmission line jumper. Perform dead end transmission construction. Install guying system. Operate articulated vehicle. Assemble steel tower. Connect and terminate transformer and other distribution equipment leads (primary secondary) Switches on off sectionalizing cutout with hot stick and load buster. Performs all other construction related duties that maybe assigned from time to time. Patrols electrical lines and inspect poles. Responds to emergency calls such as power line failures, down lines and other emergencies arise. Install,maintains,repair,and operates overhead distribution equipment. I have attach my resume together with my contact number and e-mail address for further information. I am willing to have a personal interview.

    Thank you.. And hoping a response in this job matter.

    Rolando U. de Vera

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