Hanjin Heavy Industries Corporation Philippines (HHIC Phil.), a South Korean shipyard, will be expanding its ship building capabilities in the Philippines. Hanjin will start its expansion works next year in Davao del Sur.

“It is part of the company’s expansion process overseas,” Davao del Sur Governor Claude Bautista told Edge Davao.

HHIC Phil will put up a shipyard in a 272 hectares industrial park in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Along with the Korean shipbuilder, a Japanese shipbuilder is also eyeing to put up a yard in Malita, Davao del Sur.

“As of now, the province cannot provide the manpower requirement of each company. That’s why we are preparing as early as today,” the governor said.

Bautista added that they are working with TESDA to train skilled personnel.

Bautista sees 40,000 job positions for welders in Davao next year. Additional jobs for human resource and administrative positions will also be available when these two shipyards start operating.

“I already talked to the president of San Miguel Power Consolidated Corporation (SPCC) and they said that construction can be started since there will [be] enough power supply,” Bautista added.

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