6 Aug 2008

Guam buildup needs 12,000 alien workers, 5,000 NMI residents

5:32 am on 6 August 2008

About 12,000 guest workers mostly Filipinos, and an estimated 5,000 CNMI residents are needed for the upcoming U.S. military buildup in Guam.

U.S. military official Lt. Col. Rudy Kube, operations director for the U.S. Marine Corps Joint Guam Program Office said it just happens to be that the Philippines is one of the main sources of manpower for the construction.

Rube also said the predicted timeline of the buildup is between 2010 and 2014.

He says all benefits such as maintenance, health, housing, and other things associated with guest workers would be part of the contracts.

With respect to CNMI residents, Rube said the forecast is that 5,000 people may apply for jobs during the buildup.

The US$15-billion military buildup will take place following the relocation of 8,000 U.S. Marines and about 9,000 of their dependents to Guam from Okinawa, Japan.