Atimonan community gets boost from power project amid COVID-19 woes
Hounded by the closure of businesses, loss of jobs and limited employment opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities like Atimonan are finding their citizens hard-pressed to get out in the field to earn money that will help them support their families. With the help of its project contractors, A1E has taken on the challenge to pool together resources for the community over the past 10 months. Jobs above all Topping the list of benefits are employment opportunities that the project opened up. A1E contractors Synergy Construction Corp., Rexsun Development and Consulting Inc., Delta Earthmoving, Inc., Betonbau Philippines, Inc., and Sta. Clara International Corp. have directly recruited 336 Atimonanins, who represent more than 50% of the total workforce for the project’s ongoing site preparation activities. These are composed of skilled and unskilled workers such as laborers, steel men, carpenters, masons, scaffolders, drivers, and heavy equipment operators. “I am happy that A1E gave me the opportunity to be trained as a scaffolder,” said Jose Trapalgar from Barangay Villa Ibaba. Right now, I am receiving more than Php500.00 daily and I’m able to meet the needs of my family. The 58-year-old fisherman completed skills training for professional scaffolders organized by A1E. Renante Cavestany was hired by Delta as dump truck driver. Prior to this job, the 49-year-old he worked as a driver in an infrastructure project supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). “This job made it possible to provide for the needs of my family and be with them at the same time,” said Renante.