20,000 Filipino workers eyed for South Korea
By Rey M. Nasol
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines
- Some 20,000 Filipinos are needed to work at the newly established Integrated Free Export Zone (IFEZ) Incheon, South Korea, according to presidential
economic adviser and Albay governor Joey Salceda.
Salceda said a memorandum of agreement with the Ifez was being
finalized to formally implement the hiring of 20,000 workers from the Philippines,
especially from Albay province.
Salceda was recently installed as economic adviser of the South
Korea Incheon Metropolitan Authority, which is implementing the US$178-billion Ifez project.
Incheon is a highly industrial metropolitan area in South Korea.
“The export zone is the biggest integrated development
project whose cost is 35 times the annual infrastructure budget in the Philippines,”
His investiture as adviser of the South Korean authority was
held a week ago at Incheon where the ceremony was witnessed by the mayors of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Honolulu, Brisbane and Beijing.
Witnesses also included Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim and representatives
from 150 major cities in the Asia Pacific.
Salceda was accompanied by four Philippine governors and 14
of the 18 Albay mayors led by Polangui town Mayor Jesus Salceda, the province's League of Municipalities president and father
of the governor.
sent the biggest delegation, he added.
Salceda said that his economic advice had been frequently sought
by Incheon Mayor Sang Soo who, he said, is widely expected to become president of South Korea.
Also in Incheon, the Asia Pacific Cities Summit organizers and
participants hailed Albay during its plenary session for having the most unique and creative strategies for development, citing
its program on climate change and disaster risk reduction.
The summit moderator specifically highlighted the institutionalization
of the Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office and the Center for Initiatives for Researches in Climate Adaptation.