Capstone Pacificas holds job fair for post-typhoon recovery jobs

ABOUT 120 job seekers on Sunday submitted their applications to Capstone Pacificas, which will be in charge of typhoon debris clearing and construction work on Saipan and Tinian for the next four months.

Capstone Pacificas, a company contracted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, held a job fair in the Azucena conference room of Fiesta Resort & Spa on Sunday from  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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Ray Land of Capstone Pacificas talks to job applicants in the Azucena conference room of Fiesta Resort & Spa on Sunday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

The applicants were mostly workers from the Philippines, Pohnpei and Palau.

Ray Land of Capstone Pacificas said they will initially need 20 workers to clean up typhoon debris and eventually put roofs on houses on Saipan and Tinian.

He said they are accepting applications from locals or non-locals. “We are looking for good, strong workers that are trustworthy and able to do high quality work” in clearing vegetative debris and construction work.

“Our job is to burn up all these debris with the use of incineration. We are doing that in an environmentally-friendly way,” Land said, adding that FEMA requires them to get rid of the debris without creating pollution in the process.

Once qualified applicants are hired, they will undergo a one-day training, Land said.

As for the wage rate, Land said workers will get as much as $15 per hour — $9 per hour as their base pay; a $3 per hour bonus if they meet the target; and an additional $3 per hour safety bonus.

Workers will be paid daily. “I know that people need to be paid quickly and we will do that. If you want to be a good employer pay people correctly,” Land said.

He believes the job fair should provide an indication of the number of available workers on island. “There is a lot of work here to be done and we want to show FEMA what is our capability here. The question is when they put roofs on the houses, are there enough people here who are skilled or can be trained to do the work? Or should everybody have to be flown in? I believe there are a lot of capable people that can do that work.”