Gov’t projects aim for 800,000 jobs

P3B in workers’ safety net.

MANILA, Philippines — Government projects for economic pump-priming are intended to create 800,000 temporary jobs, more than half a million of which will be in services at the Department of Public Works and Highways, according to the communiqué signed by participants in a jobs summit.

The labor department has monitored about 50,000 Filipino workers here and abroad directly affected by the world financial crisis since October. Economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto has said the jobs at risk are estimated at 800,000.

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