Filipino company expands into mining
Filipino company GALEO South Pacific is now extending its forestry business into mining projects in Madang, other parts of Mamose region and Bougainville.
The company, which operates under other subsidiaries in parts of the Philippines and PNG, has interests in Bougainville including other parts of PNG.
Galeo has been in operation in Madang for a while and is now eyeing contracts in major projects that are now coming up in Madang and the greater Mamose region.
It is the company that has employed 38 “second chance” students from Madang, who graduated from Hinch Technology in Batangas, Philippines, and are taking them back to Cebu for a one month stint before they can actually start working under their respective fields.
Chairman of the company Eric Guiterrez and his team of executives were in Madang last week for the lap of honour and handover of the first 100 students back to the Madang provincial government.
In an interview, the company told Post Courier that they were already expanding their business in Madang and looking at establishing operations in Bougainville and other parts of PNG.
“Papua New Guineans are very hardworking people and that is why we are putting all our trust and effort in getting 38 of the students to work with us here in Madang and some in Cebu,” Guiterrez said.
“We are expanding our business not only in Madang but PNG also and we are happy to help employ our Papua New Guineans here and abroad,” he said.
This week, the 100 students, now already back in Madang and the selected 38 for Galeo will travel back to Cebu for one month probation before heading to their destined employment bases.
Acting provincial administrator of Madang Joseph Kunda told the Post- Courier he was happy with Galeo Pacific for being at the helm to assist with the students’ employment.
He said that the provincial lawyer was now looking at papers for those that have been hired by the CJI and Hinch Technology Group in Philippines who will return to start work once they complete their work permits and necessary documentation this week.
Mr Kunda told the Post-Courier that the lawyer was also dealing with the employment instruments for the 38 students who have been hired by the Galeo South Pacific Limited Group in the fields of electrical, mechanical, information technology (IT), scaffolding, welding, fitter machinist, carpentry and heavy equipment machinist among others. “We are already working on their employment papers with the lawyers for both the provincial government and the company involved,” Mr Kunda said.
These students have been chosen because of their great achievements coming out with very good results. Hinch Technology boss Sir Jummy Hinch told the Post-Courier that Papua New Guineans are better tradesman you can find anywhere else in the Asia Pacific.
“I say this because most of these students when they started their training, what they could achieve in six months, some have attained in two months and the remaining months we had to train them more than what they were enrolled for, so many of them have completed at least three to four courses in six months,” Sir Jimmy said.
Director of Galeo South Pacific Alfredo Belen Jr said they were very happy to employ 38 and could take on more of the students that graduated last week because they were the best tradesman.
“We will employ many, when we expand we will get some more because we know they are better trained and that’s why we travelled all the way to Batangas to interview them before the graduation so we have the best team already,” he said.
“We will expand in Madang and if we need some in our overseas offices we will also enlist them.”
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