Trade & Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez was the guest of honor at the Philippine Construction Human Resource Forum 2017. The Trade Secretary found the most - timely opportunity to convey the government's thrust and what the construction companies can do toward this thrust.

In line with the government's Build! Build! Build! Program, construction companies were strongly urged to prepare a sufficient and capable manpower pool as well as employment benefit standards to support this program. This was the message of Trade Secretary Lopez to the contractors during the Philippine Construction Human Resources Forum 2017.

In his inspiring talk, Secretary Lopez stressed the need for an adequate and steady manpower in order to ensure the proper implementation of the government's infrastructure building and industry development in the Philippines. Human resource development has to be institutionalized, he said, and towards this end, DTI collaborated with the International LaborOrganization to develop a standardized compensation program. DTI's partners in this undertaking were the Labor Dept., the National Economic & Development Authority, the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Professional Regulation Commission.

The Trade Secretary also said that the agency which he heads, the Dept. of Trade &Industry, aims to utilize the country's labor force capacity in order to meet the massive labor requirements when the surge of infrastructure projects happens in the coming years. There is an urgent need to capacitate workers to ensure higher productivity. He was quoted as saying "I am confident that our joint initiatives will provide the needed impetus to the industry's manpower requirements."

This is the first ever Construction HR Forum under the initiative of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines and the Construction Manpower Development Foundation which is the construction development and regulation arm of DTI. The goal was to prepare the Philippines and lay the groundwork for the Philippine Golden Age of Infrastructure.

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