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Labor shortage affecting Guam construction for Marine relocation

  • October 18, 2019
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
  • JMH Translation

Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo wrote that a labor shortage is seriously affecting the ongoing work in Guam to construct infrastructure for some 5,000 Marines and their 2,400 dependents to be relocated from Okinawa over an 18-month period starting as early as 2024. The papers wrote that although some 3,000 Philippine workers had been engaged in the construction, their number dropped sharply when the USG stopped issuing working visas to Filipinos. The papers wrote that although the government later revised the regulation to allow the issue of visas to people working on military-related projects, the number of Philippine workers coming to Guam has not yet completely recovered.

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