Clark workers close to 80,000

CLARK FREEPORT — Workers in this Freeport are now close to 80,000, according to the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).

The state-owned corporation stated that there was an increase of more than 6,892 workers (nine percent) from June 2014 to June this year.

The actual employment in Clark was recorded at 79,767 from 781 registered enterprises, including some government agencies.

CDC officials said that locators attributed the increase in the number of employees to the sound investment climate inside the Freeport since President Benigno Aquino III implemented its programs through the "Tuwid na Daan".

Some of the biggest contributors of jobs here include Japanese-owned Nanox Philippines, South Korean firm Phoenix Semiconductor Philippines Corporation (PSPC), US-owned Texas Instruments, BPOs, garment factories, and others.

Arthur Tugade, CDC head, earlier expressed hope that the 100,000-worker mark will be reached before President Aquino steps down from Malacanang Palace in June next year.

On Wednesday, Nanox Phils, Inc. has signed an agreement with CDC and Clark International Airport Corporation for their P731-million expansion project here.

From 1.5 hectares, Nanox will expand their operations on a 20-hectare area in the next five years employing more than 1,000 additional workers.

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