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BIMP-EAGA projects open 20,000 job opportunities for Filipinos

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Filipino workers are expected to benefit from employment opportunities provided by four major projects worth more than B$23 billion geared towards enhancing and complementing the developmental goals of the Brunei Darussalam BIMP-EAGA Business Council (BDBEBC).


These projects were selected and proposed by Brunei-government-supported cooperative Koperasi Bumiputera Bersatu Berhad (KBBB) which was set up in 2006 as a cooperative of voluntary associations with the main objective of raising the Bumiputera community’s economic well-being through regional and international partnerships.

“The four new projects in Brunei pose exciting job opportunities for our fellow Filipino workers. The need for around 20,000 workers in Brunei will assist the government in its job creation efforts,” said Jose Silvestre Natividad, one of the consultants of KBBB in these mega projects in Brunei.

Natividad, who is also president of local renewable energy developer Sunwest Water and Electric Co., noted that “Filipinos have a competitive edge because we are known around the world as diligent and hard workers.”

He added that project proponents have expressed a big preference in getting the services of Filipino skilled workers, contractors, design firms, engineers and consultants.

The projects form part of the memorandum of understanding signed between KBBB Chairperson Suharani binti Haji Abd Ladi and  Pengiran Haji Mohd Yusof, the Executive Chairman of the BDBEBC, held last June 28, 2013 in Brunei Darussalam.

These projects are aimed at further developing growth in the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area) region.

The projects presented includes a new transport system for the Trans Borneo Railways that will connect Bandar Seri Begawan to main cities in Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia and will be built at an estimated cost of $20 billion.

Another project is the setting up of the ASEAN Halal Park, an integrated project that will set up 1,000 Halal-certified manufacturing companies. This is envisioned to be the “Halal Hub of the World” making it the strongest manufacturing center for premium Halal products for distribution across the global market.

There will also be new buses and coaches for the Trans-Borneo Bus Services that will be set-up at an estimated cost of $1 billion.; and the proposed $2 billion Darussalam Air that will feature some of the best aviation facilities which will be made available through some of the cheapest fares in the BIMP-EAGA region.

With Brunei as the central hub and stopover destination for proposed routes, Darussalam Air shall cater to travellers from the Southern Philippines, Eastern Indonesia, Indo-China and other parts of China going on a pilgrimage to the holy lands.

While the Trans-Borneo Railway is geared towards cargo transportation to these destinations, the Trans-Borneo Bus Services on the other hand shall provide a complementary bus services that will provide transport for people in the BIMP-EAGA region. (Manila Bulletin)

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