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Job fair to repatriate PR workers to be held in Orlando

By John McPhaul

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia and Housing Secretary William Rodríguez Rodríguez on Monday announced a job fair in Orlando, Florida to identify Puerto Rican professionals willing to join the workforce on the island focused on the execution of programs subsidized by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery (DR) and Mitigation (MIT) funds.

In anticipation of a new period of large-scale recovery projects, the island Housing Department will hold the event on Aug. 26-27 at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

“The reconstruction of Puerto Rico and the effective use of recovery funds is a priority in my administration and to achieve this we will continue to increase the workforce,” the governor said in a written statement. “We have the lowest unemployment in history and we are promoting initiatives so that not only more Puerto Ricans stay here, but also that others manage to return to Puerto Rico.”

The job fair seeks to identify resources for specialized positions such as program technical assistant and housing program specialist, among others.

The Housing secretary said “we expect a few months of significant activity in reconstruction projects that require key professionals for the execution of the recovery programs that will be financing them.”

“Although we recently held a recruitment event in Puerto Rico, we understand that there is a great opportunity to attract and return to the island the talent and ability of Puerto Ricans who have left in search of new opportunities,” Rodríguez said.

The Housing chief noted that the event, which will be held with the support of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, will include orientation on the Direct Buyer Assistance program, so that potential candidates for vacant positions find out about the opportunities that the Housing Department is also offering to acquire a residential property on the island. Recently, the governor and the secretary announced that more than 3,200 families have benefited from assistance for the purchase of a home.

Housing will conduct interviews at UCF between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Aug. 26-27 for potential candidates who submit their resume and meet the requirements of the position.

“We have developed a comprehensive operation of the recovery programs that serve key sectors that were significantly affected or that became necessary after the onslaught of hurricanes Irma and Maria,” Rodríguez added. “We have recruited one of the most complete work teams in Puerto Rico, but we still have key positions to fill and we are looking for Puerto Ricans who can fill them at the highest level of performance.”

The Department of Housing has designed the “Employment Opportunity” section on the website for those who wish to submit their resume for the agency’s consideration. Likewise, those interested in obtaining more information can write to the electronic address

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