Improving Competitiveness of Filipino Workers
We hear complaints of Chinese workers taking the place of Filipinos in construction work. Although this view may be exaggerated, it is possible that some Chinese workers are supplementing the supply of construction workers in the Philippines as the industry, under the strain of the Build, Build, Build program, is suffering from serious shortages of carpenters, plumbers, mason, electricians, plumbers and other construction-related technical workers. As I have discussed in several articles before, we are still suffering from the psycho-sociological bias of both parents and their children against technical or vocational education in favor of an over-emphasis on college diplomas, which in many cases lead to nowhere. We have inherited the U.S. bias against technical education which has been the forte of European educational systems which give a lot of importance to technical or vocational education.