Study shows high demand for carpenters in PH, abroad–DOLE

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Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz

MANILA, Philippines–Carpenters can hold their head up high.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said an official study showed a high demand for skilled carpenters here and abroad that was expected to continue in the next five to 10 years.

“Carpenters play an important role in construction. They do most of the wood work and structures according to the design of architects and layout of engineers,” Baldoz said.

As of Nov. 27, the government’s job portal Phil-JobNet posted 492 vacancies for carpenters.

“Other than in construction, carpenters are also needed in such industries as real estate; renting and business activities; public administration and defense; compulsory social security; other community, social and personal service activities, and in private households, as well,” it said.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment study, a carpenter in the Philippines earns P450 to P600 per day, depending on his skills.

“A potential carpenter should be at least a high school graduate and has taken a vocational course in carpentry in any institution accredited by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority,” it said.

Baldoz urged the youth to consider a career in carpentry, saying it could lead to more income opportunities. She urged the youth to enroll in technical and vocational schools which offer training.

The cost of a carpentry course is approximately P5,000 to P7,000 in private technical schools and from P3,000 to P5,000 in public training institutions.

Carpenters can also look for jobs with higher pay abroad, although this means gaining more skills, the labor chief said.

Those seeking jobs in the United States, for instance, would have to qualify as residential, commercial or industrial carpenters.

According to the US Department of Labor’s 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook, residential carpenters build and remodel structures meant to be resided or occupied. They build and set forms for footings, walls and slabs and frame walls, roofs and decks. They build stairs, doors and cabinets. Those highly-skilled can tile floors and lay wood floors and carpets.

The commercial carpenter helps in building and remodeling offices, hospitals, hotels, schools, shopping malls, among others. Some of them focus on framing interior partitions, exterior framing, curtain wall construction, concrete forming systems, and finishing interior and exterior walls.

An industrial carpenter on the other hand, works in civil and industrial setting by putting scaffolding and set forms for pouring concrete. They sometimes build tunnel bracing in underground passageway and mines to control air circulation in these worksites. Some build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants and sewer construction projects.

“An ideal carpenter is someone who has broad knowledge in construction and basic skills in engineering, familiar with different types of wood and knows how to utilize it. He knows how to construct and repair damaged wood portions,” the DOLE’s 127 Career Guides said.

It said that aspiring carpenters should have strong physical built to carry heavy loads and to have manual dexterity. They are also expected to be able to follow directions accurately and easily, it added.

DOLE’s 127 Career Guides is a series of occupational briefs detailing a job’s functions, basic educational requirements, required skills, competencies, physical attributes and characteristics, salary or compensation, employment opportunities, prospect for career advancement, and cost of education, and identifies the in-demand and hard-to-fill occupations in the country today and in the coming five to 10 years.

“A good carpenter who knows his craft has a lot of opportunities to earn. He just needs to combine it with hard work, patience, diligence and should value his work,” Baldoz said.

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  • Bengatibo

    Bakit pa kailangan nang study. The carpenters will always be in demand with the calamity prone Philippines. But alas they are being taken advantage because of low pay!!! 

  • brentcom

    kahit kailan tanga ka baldoz! gurang ka na wala ka pang alam. bumisita ka sa middle east kung magkano mga sahod nla. in demand dahil magaling sila kaso mababa sahod. bwisit ka baldoz wala kang utak. professional ang mga dapat pinapadala kasi nakakalamang. tanga ka stupido!!!

    • tilney

       Wala naman masama sa sinabi ni Sec Baldoz.. Bakit galing ka na ba sa Middle East at lakas mo magsalita..Para mo malaman Pwera sa Saudi wala Pnoy na nagtatrabaho as Carpenters sa construction  industry ng UAE, Bahrain,Oman, Qatar .Karamihan ay mga Indians at Pakistani dahil sa mababa ang sweldo pero doon sa highly finished na carpentry works ay mga Pnoy ang ginagamit ng company sa Bahrain ..Yon nman ay naka based sa Saudi at pinpadala ng kanila company sa Bahrain.

      Hindi na kailangan umalis ng mga carpenters dahil ang sweldo sa Pnas ay almost 500 pesos which almost the same when one work in the Middle East with USD only at 40 pesos, then somebody has to earn USD 400 /month unless one really would like  to get out of the Philippines  

    • NoWorryBHappy

       Pinaparating lang naman ni Sec Baldoz sa mga interesado na may pangangailangan para  sa mga karpintero. Ginagawa lang niya ang trabaho niya.  At saka bakit propesyonal lang ang dapat ipadala sa abroad? Anong masama kung karpintero lang ang alam na trabaho ng isang tao ? Ano ang dapa’t ikahiya sa pagiging karpintero ? Mas marangal pa nga ang mga karpintero kaysa mga naka-kurbata o naka-barong na mga congressmen nating naghihintay lamang para kurakutin ang pork barrel.  Naging OFW rin ako sa Middle East. Alam ko ang hirap at pagmamalasakit ang ginagawa ng ating mga kababayan. Mapagmata rin ako kung minsan, pero hindi naman sa mga may kapansanan o sawing palad sa buhay. Pero ikaw ? Suplado kang masyado!  Matapobre ka! Mahulog ka sana sa hagdanan !  Buwisit !

  • msm25

    itapon nyo sa middle east lhat ng tambay sa pinas, lhat ng perwisyo…cla gwin nyong karpentero pra mgkaron nman ng pkinabang…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    WALA KASING HANAP BUHAY SA PINAS MAG KARPENTERO LANG” O DI KAYA MAG TINDA KASO DELIKADO NAMAN SA HOLDAP MAG DRIVE NG TAXI DALIKADO DIN SA HOLDAP ANO KAYA SAFE NA HANAP BUHAY”’ SA PINAS KAKATAKOT PINAS UNSAFE SA MGA NEGOSYANTE AT MGA TURISTA” SABI NGA NG TURISTA SA BANSA NATIN UNSAFE

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

      PERO KUNG BUHAY PA SANA SI MACOY SAFE MAG NEGOSYO SA PINAS PATI TURISTA SAFE PARA SINGAPORE NGAYON PINAS UNSAFE HIGH CRIME RATE”

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