MABALACAT CITY- This city has become the biggest manpower source for investors at the Clark Freeport where total employment has risen to 71,324, the Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has reported.
Updates statistics of the CDC indicated that of the “warm bodies” now working at Clark, 15,551 or 22 percent of the total are from Mabalacat.
Some 21 percent of 15,097 workers are from neighboring Angeles City, five percent or 3,781 from Porac, and 14,272 more from other parts of Pampanga, the statistics said.
Tarlac province also provides significant manpower to the freeport. Data showed 2,345 workers or four percent come from Bamban, 2,326 or three percent from Capas, and 4,304 more or six percent from other areas in Tarlac.
Nineteen percent or 13,459 workers are from areas outside of the two provinces, the CDC statistics also revealed.
The workers were from “daily walk-in and online applicants,” picked from job fairs including those for Aetas and persons with disability (PWD) and dual training programs.
The CDC which held recently a job fair for Aetas and PWD’s, also noted in its report the employment of 155 Aetas and 12 handicapped persons.
Those who employed them included Amertron, Aderans Phils., Conquest Phils., CPR Palm Resort, Donggwang, Fuji Plastic, Meisei Electric, Multi-Tek Fasteners, OEM International, Pacific Carpet Manufacturing, and Phoenix Semiconductor.
The CDC also noted that employment in the freeport in 2000 was merely 22,100 workers. This more than doubled to 47,432.
The CDC data also indicated that 18 percent are employed in service-oriented projects, 17 percent are in information and communications , 15 percent in industrial- garments, 14 percent in industrial-electronics, 11 percent in other assorted industrial, 10 percent in tourism, eight percent in commercial and three percent in aviation. A small percentage work for other firms.