Thursday, April 1, 2010
Army Hiring Construction Workers as Troops Rebuild
Chile's army is heading one of the largest jobs programs in the country, deploying 8,000 soldiers to reconstruction projects. About 1,000 conscripts who were scheduled to return to civilian life in May have agreed to stay in the army until the end of the year to also help out. In addition, the army is hiring 13,000 workers for home construction, infrastructure repair and other rebuilding programs. The work is being targeted at three regions most seriously damaged by the Feb. 27 earthquake: Biobio, Maule and Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins. This time, soldiers are not handling security, as they did in the first few weeks after the 8.8-magnitude quake.