22 April 2012
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said jobs await Filipinos at a shipyard in Canada which was awarded a 30-year contract to build warships for the Royal Canadian Navy.
Officials of Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI) in Halifax, Nova Scotia mentioned this to a Philippine team that visited the area last April 12.
The ISI is the largest shipbuilder in Canada and is a subsidiary of the Canadian industrial conglomerate J.D. Irving Limited.
While it is building nine Zodiac-Class fast patrol vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard, ISI is also girding for a new $25-billion major shipbuilding project.
In October last year, ISI was awarded a 30-year contract by the Canadian federal government to build 23 warships for the Royal Canadian Navy as part of its National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
"ISI (indicated) the Filipino work ethic is known worldwide and noted fine standards as evident in ships that have come to dock in Halifax that were built by Filipinos," the DFA said.
The DFA said Tim Brownlow, director of government affairs and business development, conveyed the "keen interest" of ISI in "exploring possible synergies in a variety of sectors and services with the Philippines."
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