WB exec prods gov’t on need to create jobs


High unemployment and poverty levels remain the main challenges facing the Aquino administration, whose success in stabilizing macroeconomic conditions has failed to translate to a significant improvement in the lives of millions of Filipinos.

World Bank vice president for East Asia and the Pacific Axel van Trotsenburg this week affirmed the multilateral lender’s long-term commitment to provide financial and advisory support to help the administration achieve the elusive goal of inclusive growth.

Yesterday, the World Bank announced the transfer of $300 million in budget support under its development policy loan to accelerate government reforms that aim to accelerate growth, create jobs and reduce poverty.

“Unfortunately, job (creation) is one of the difficult challenges everywhere in the world. What we are seeing is that this requires the constant attention of every government,” van Trotsenburg told reporters at a press conference. “The challenge everywhere is to provide good-paying jobs. This is an enormously difficult thing.” Van Trotsenburg is in the Philippines for   a visit this week.

Latest government data showed the country’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.5 percent last April from 6.9 percent a year ago. This came even after the Philippine economy in the first quarter grew by 7.8 percent—outpacing Asia’s perennial growth driver, China.

Van Trotsenburg said the World Bank would continue to provide financial and advisory support for the Philippines especially in conflict-torn Mindanao, where development aid was most needed.

He added that the bank was crafting a new assistance strategy for the Philippines that would include plans to fund the CCT program. Based on the bank’s experience in Brazil and other Latin American countries, CCT programs, if implemented correctly, played a vital role in reducing poverty.

He said funding would also be made available to strengthen the implementation of the K-12 education and universal healthcare programs, the construction of basic infrastructure such as roads and airports, and for the development of schemes to protect poor families from the impact of climate change.

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  • Guest

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  • Ako_Hiking

    When will Aquino start listening and paying attention to the problems that are plaguing the nation. Just because he is a rich and powerful President and is able to enjoy his Palace does not mean that the Philippines is great and amazing. It’s more fun in the Philippines if you are rich but not so much fun if you are the million and million who are either poverty stricken or unemployed.

  • tilney

    Govt should provide technical training programs similar to TESDA but less stringent requirements to enter the training programs. A 10 Billion Training programs will allow more than 2 million unemployed or those who do not have the required skills to enter the workforce both local and overseas employment.Govt can reduce the CCT with the proposed technical training programs.

  • mdc™

    How difficult is it to create jobs for the poor to help them reach a notch up. From the start of the political period in this country, we always thought of helping the poor starting from the middle point of the bar. Its wrong and its been wrong for a long time, its results is always giving more to the rich as opposed to the poor. The poor and the poorest are mostly under and uneducated. The middle class if there is one in this country are mostly educated professionals or professionals with under/uneducated parents.

    The solution to inclusion is push for skills, training, help, education, from the very bottom below upwards. This is the only way to alleviate the poor of poorness and get them into the plan. Only a massive government project can handle this and thru citizen volunteers and better gov fundings for the very poor can make this work. And please, do not tell me otherwise or ask me how to get the money. Money is always there for the rich, why can’t it be rerouted to the poorest of the country, just once.

    One will ask, what kind of jobs and things can you offer the poorest from the valleys in mindanao to the southern most of luzon. What about the scavengers of manila? I say exactly, what are they? We need to teach them skills, call it targetted skills. What will you train a poor man from the south, and what about the morons in the scavenger town? What are the locals good at? That is the skills and education you need to teach them. Because they been poor and their learning knowledge already stagnated, they can only comprehend mostly what they are familiar with. That is the key. Bring those businesses and jobs in those areas coupled with skills training for those people in the same town. How hard would that be and how long would it take? Your guess is a good as mine, but not that long if you concentrate only on what they are capable of, NOT on what they will not learn.

    Of course, we do not want to create a purely educated society, what will happen if the world is full of educated only people. There will always be one uneducated and poor to get a government engaged.

    “Unfortunately, job (creation) is one of the difficult challenges everywhere in the world. What we are seeing is that this requires the constant attention of every government,” van Trotsenburg told reporters at a press conference. “The challenge everywhere is to provide good-paying jobs. This is an enormously difficult thing.” Van Trotsenburg is in the Philippines for a visit this week.

  • superpilipinas

    …but this administration is focused on “condom solutions” which are unsustainable money-pits… RH and CCT…nothing about creating jobs through infrastructure development and industrialization.

    it does not assess risks. if any source of big income collapses, they do not have any planned alternative.

    and to make matters at their worst, it does not want to prioritize the FOI bill/law to significantly reduce corruption and incompetence.

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