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Gov’t urged to focus on job creation

WB says unemployment an ‘overwhelming challenge’

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DAVAO CITY—The World Bank said the big number of unemployed and underemployed in the Philippines was the big challenge for the Aquino administration.

“The need for good jobs—jobs that raise real wages or bring people out of poverty—is an overwhelming challenge,” Motoo Konishi, World Bank country director, told hundreds of local and international delegates to the Philippine Development Forum at the Marco Polo hotel here.

He suggested collaboration as a simple formula to address the situation. “We all need to collaborate a lot to ensure that all of our programs and assistance or policy reforms are filtered through the lens of the creation of jobs,” Konishi said.

He said inclusive growth, which the conference was all about, meant addressing the need to create a total of 14.6 million jobs in the Philippines between now and 2016.

Konishi said there were 10 million Filipinos who were either unemployed or underemployed and another 1.1 million enter the labor force every year, or a total of 14.6 million jobs.

He said the domestic job market in the formal, services and manufacturing industries and employment opportunities abroad were not enough to absorb a lot of people getting into the labor force.

Konishi said all other sectors in the economy, particularly agribusiness and agriculture, must contribute more significantly to address joblessness and reduce poverty.

He made special mention of Mindanao as an island that urgently needed more jobs. “Job creation is more urgent in Mindanao as jobs contribute also to social cohesion,” said Konishi, who is also co-chair of the PDF.

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said that special focus should be given to priority economic drivers, specially employment, to meet the targeted inclusive growth of the Aquino administration.

Balisacan, in an interview at the sidelines of the opening of the two-day PDF, said the country’s economic planners were giving “a big push to employment so growth will fully become inclusive.”

He said the big challenge for 2013 was to focus on the fundamentals like employment so everyone could feel and experience the fruits of economic growth.

Creating new drivers of growth, particularly manufacturing, BPO, tourism and agribusiness, would create more quality jobs, he said.

In his speech, Balisacan said the government’s initial estimates suggested that $3 billion in investments in BPO, tourism and agribusiness would create 621,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly through multiplier effects. Tourism, he said, could expand job opportunities in the countryside.

“To generate more and better employment, we need to simplify labor regulations to enable industries to adapt to the country’s changing economic structure. We will also continue to address problems of skills mismatch,” he said.


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  • rodben

    OFW MAGANDA ANG SWELDO AT MAY BENEFITS PA NA DI KAYANG IBIGAY NG MGA BWESIT NA MGA PINOY ELITISTANG COMMUNIST EMPLOYERS…..KAWAWA TALAGA ANG MANGGAGAWA SA PINAS PAG RETIRE MAHIRAP PASA DAGA DAHIL WALANG BENIPISYO SA COMPANYA PAANO,… MABABAWASAN ANG MAHIHIRAP AT PAANO LILIIT ANG AGWAT NG MAYAMAN AT MAHIRAP? Ang may malaking kasalanan sa mga magagawang Pinoy at pagdami ng mga mahihirap ay administration ni Cory sila ang may akda ng MOST STUPID, CONTRACTUALIZATION OF LABOR LAW,,,,NA AKALA NILA BABALIK MULI ANG MGA UMALIS NA MGA MULTINATIONALS NOONG 1970’s NA NAGLAYASAN AFTER EDSA… In Singapore….Malaysia….Japan…..Korea….and now Vietnam once the workers retired they are rich because of pension coming from the company and gov’t.

  • ApoLapullapu

    The Department of Labor must have an effective manpower requirements forecast and the education and human resource development sector must be guided accordingly.

  • Platypus09

    We were not raised as creative and entrepreneurial.

    We were not raised and educated to create jobs, but only to work for future bosses..

    We were not preconditioned to create and run our own businesses someday and help other people by creating jobs for them.

    There is something wrong with our education, the way way teach ourselves on how to build our nation. There has to be a change the way we see our priorities in education and the way we see our own future and as a nation.

    Our mindset should be focused on how we can improve our lives here in this country, and not only thinking about working and living abroad in other countries.

    There is a big BRAIN drain that we should worry everytime we send more Filipinos to work abroad. Though OFWs bring in money and impove our economy, this brain drain is also affecting our country in many aspects of our lives as a nation.

  • neilabarca

    Maaring totoo ang sinasabi ng mga teknokrat na umuusad na nga ang ating ekonomiya,  KAYA lang ang REALIDAD at NAGDUDUMILAT Na KATOTOHANAN ay;

    PATULOY na LUMALAKI ang AGWAT ng MAYAYAMAN at MAHIHIRAP sa PILIPINAS.  

    NANATILING WALANG PARTISIPASYON ang MAMAMAYAN sa pagdedesisyon at pagpaplano ng PAGPAPA-UNLAD ng mga KOMUNIDAD at bayan.  
    Patuloy na NAMAMAYAGPAG ang POLITICAL CLAN,  DYNASTY at PATRONAGE POLITICS,  (lalo na itong nalalapit na Midterm 2013 ELECTION).  IILAN PAMILYA lamang ang may HAWAK, ang may KONTROL  ng resources at KAYAMANAN ng ating bansa. 

    Kung may FORMULA na RERESOLBA sa dalawang suliraning ito si PNOY,   bibilib ang mundo at sambayanang Pilipino.

    • Hendot2012

      Hahahahaha! Tunog kumunistang aktibista! Pumunta na kasi kayo sa North Korea kasi yun ang bansang gus2 nyo maging Pinas

  • GKLer

    ONE step at a time muna PH government.
    Step 1:  Don’t get in the way and make it difficult for people to land jobs overseas!!
    Step 2:  Master step 1 muna.

  • mekeni62

    drawing na naman iyan. nasa news libo-libong trabaho available sa Saudi. sugod na mga kapatid. magbenta na ng mga kalabaw o kaya umutang na sa 5/6 bilis!!

  • etcphil

    USA Setup a very good Education education school in Phil based from a Professional folks who moved to USA.  However USA did not setup how to create a job.   Creating a Job should be a job of the top officials 20+ years ago.  I’ve been following Phil progress everyday and President Aquino “Pinoy” is the BEST President in the Philippines.  Way to go President Pinoy…….wish you could be President at least 2 Terms to make Phil the Best and Beautiful Country.  I left my 6 Dollor Job per year and open a Software design for LGU/Municipalities to Generate/Collect all Revenues for Citizens in order to help out LGU/Municipalities in Phil.  All Pinoy in US wonder why I left my 6 digits Dollar job, and I said “Time to contribute to the Mother Land Phil under a good Government/President Aquino”.  Many Professional who moved here in USA still don’t understand why I left my job…………….just to help out Phil LGU to better future for its Citizens.  Jr.

  • Resbak Squad

    The 60/40 rule is a total ripoff.

  • Fulpol

    the growth is “SCAM”.. that is the truth..

    who run the money? the oligarchy..

    who did the manipulation? BS Aquino III…

    • ProudPinoyinLosAngeles

      Shame on you for trying to instill negativity in the minds our countrymen! We finally have a president and a goverment who is honest, credible and hardworking and who is really bent in the upliftment of the quality of the lives of the Filipinos and this is how you repay them? You’re a pathetic “crab”! But then again, only idiots like yourself will listen to you!

  • kismaytami

    Eto na naman tayo sa mga daydreaming government officials.

    • ProudPinoyinLosAngeles

      Baka ikaw and day-dreamer! LOL Masyado kang negative and reklamador! Magtrabaho ka na lang kabayan! Para umunlad ang buhay mo! LOL

      • kismaytami

        Masyado kang nagpapaniwala sa mga balitang puro future tense. Isa ka sa mga halimbawa ng mga utu-utong Pilipino.

      • ProudPinoyinLosAngeles

        Ako uto-uto?! Gutom ka ba? Baka kasi wala kang makain kaya kung ano na lang pinagsasabi mo eh! LOL FYI I’m not that gullible! If you know what that means! LOL Optimistic lang ako! I see the glass half full instead of half empty unlike you nitwit “commies”! LOL

      • http://www.facebook.com/jane.tan.3367174 Jane Tan

        Word!

      • kismaytami

        Oo utu-uto ka! Hindi ako gutom.

        Commies? Hindi ka lang utu-uto, mali ka pa kung manghula… LOLS!

        Masyado kang mayabang. Tandaan, langaw ka lang na nakabatog sa likod ng kalabaw.

      • ProudPinoyinLosAngeles

        O kabayan na-offend ba kita? LOL Pasensya ka na ha. I just gave you a dose of your own medicine! Ang hirap kasi sa mga taong kagaya mo ang lakas nyong pumuna at magreklamo. Pero kapag nakakatikim ka ng konting anghang sasabihin nyo inaalipusta kayong mga maralita ng mga kapitalista at susugod sa Malacanang or sa US embassy! LOL Tumulong ka kasi sa ikauunlad ng bayan hindi yung puro ka puna at pambabastos sa pangulo at sa pamahalaan!

      • kismaytami

        @ProudPinoyinLosAngeles:disqus Sa totoo lang naaawa ako sa iyo. Hanggang magandang balita na lang kasi ang nakakarating sa iyo. I doubt kung tunay na alam mo ang nangyayari dito. Hindi naman ako naanghangan sa mga salita mo. Nagulantang lang ako sa kayabangan mo.

        Excuse me po… Hindi ako sumasama sa mga walang ka-kwenta-kwentang mga rally. My gudness! Offending ka nga talaga kahit sa panghuhula.

        Excuse me again. Huwag mo ko ako utusang tumulong sa ikauunlad ng bayan. Kasi kahit anong tulong ang gawin ng mga mamayan, hangga’t bulok ang sistema ng gobyerno at puro papogi at puro-paganda lang ang iyong presidente. Wala talagang mangyayaring pagbabago. Sa mga numero lang. Yung tuwid na daan ay may detour at express lane! Exclusive for KKKs!



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