Solusyon sa problema ng unemployment sa bansa, tinalakay sa ika-12 Development Policy Research Month

admin   •   August 29, 2014   •   90327

Ang makahanap ng solusyon sa problemang tinatawag na “jobless growth” sa bansa ang layunin ng inilunsad na 12th Development Research Month ng Philippines Institute of Development Studies o PIDS (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines – Inilunsad nitong Huwebes ng Philippine Institute of Development Studies (PIDS) ang ika-12 Development Policy Research Month o DPRM.

Batay sa Presidential Proclamation No. 247 of 2002, mandato ng PIDS na magsagawa ng DPRM tuwing buwan ng Setyembre bawat taon.

Tema ng DPRM ngayong taon ang “Addressing the Jobs Challenge Toward Inclusive Growth”.

Pag-uusapan ng mga policymaker, development researcher, at labor leaders kung paano malulunasan ang lumalalang jobless growth, unemployment at underemployment gayong patuloy naman sa paglago ang ekonomiya ng bansa.

Ayon kay Dr. Gilberto Llanto, presidente ng PIDS, napapanahon ang pagsasagawa ng DPRM dahil sa isinusulong na inclusive growth agenda ni Pangulong Benigno Aquino III.

“This year, the PIDS is highlighting a very important issue… Job creation is a critical issue. It is high time that we take a look at the constraints and make use of the country’s abundant labor resources.”

Kabilang sa mga panelist sa naturang pagtitipon sina deputy Director-General Dr. Emmanuel F. Esguerra ng NEDA, Assistant Secretary Dr. Rafaelita M. Aldaba ng Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), PIDS President Dr. Gilberto M. Llanto, Dr. Aniceto C. Orbeta, Jr., senior research fellow ng PIDS.

Ayon kay Dr. Orbeta, kailangang amyendahan ang ilang polisiya sa labor protection dahil hindi ito nakatutulong sa mga manggagawa partikular ang minimum wage law.

Sinabi rin ni Orbeta na nagmungkahi na rin sila ng labor reforms at job expansion and development initiative for poverty alleviation.

Sa press conference, ipinrisinta ni DTI Assistant Secretary Rafelita Aldaba ang road map para sa pagpapalakas ng manufacturing industry sa tulong ng structural transformation upang makalikha ng maraming trabaho.

Dumalo sa paglulunsad ang mga kinatawan ng media at mga miyembro ng steering committee ng DPRM mula sa PIDS, Presidential Management Staff, NEDA, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Institute for Labor Studies (ILS), at Philippine Information Agency (PIA). (Gerry Alcantara / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

PH employment rate improves, underemployment falls in July – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ employment numbers have improved while the underemployment rate declined in July, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday.

The PSA said the number of employed persons increased by 5.7 percent in July, which translates to an additional 2.3 million workers. This is higher than the 1.2 percent recorded in the same month in 2018 based on the July round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS).

The total number of employed Filipinos reached nearly 43 million in July 2019 on account of stronger employment in the services (6.1% from 4.7% in 2018) and agriculture sectors (7.6% from -7.4% in 2018), the PSA reported.

Underemployment, the proportion of those already employed but still seeking additional work, fell to its lowest rate in all July rounds of the survey at 13.9 percent from last year’s 17.2 percent. This means a reduction of over a million underemployed workers in July 2019.

On the other hand, the unemployment rate was steady at 5.4 percent, the same as the corresponding month in 2018, the PSA said.

The year-to-date unemployment rate is estimated at 5.2 percent, near the upper end of the 4.3 to 5.3 percent target in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in July expanded further to 62.1 percent from 60.1 percent in the same period in 2018.

In particular, the labor force participation of the young (15 to 24 years old) went up to 38.3 percent, which is 1.5 percentage points higher than the previous survey period.

“While the Philippine economy has shown remarkable improvements in the labor market, the government should continually improve its efforts towards generating more productive and higher quality employment that provides adequate income for Filipino workers and their families,” National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning and current Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Rosemarie Edillon said.

She added that the full implementation of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act, and easing of foreign investment restrictions in public utilities, retail trade, and domestic-market oriented firms, are seen to create more jobs for Filipinos.

“The government must continue encouraging the private sector to increase employment opportunities for young people, supporting technical vocational training, promoting apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs among the youth,” Edillon said.

Recall of GAB may affect passage of proposed 2020 national budget – Rep. Ungab

Maris Federez   •   September 2, 2019

House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Isidro Ungab

A lawmaker expressed concern over a possible delay in the passage of the proposed 2020 national budget.

This is after Camarines Sur 2nd district representative Luis Raymund Villafuerte on August 28 recalled the filed General Appropriations Bill.

This came as a surprise to Davao 3rd district representative and House Committee on Appropriations chairperson Isidro Ungab.

Ungab said he had already written Villafuerte to inform him that Apo Production Unit and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) are already close to completing the printing of the GAB and that they are soon to start furnishing copies to the members of the House.

Congressman Ungab said amending the GAB will once again take too much time and resources and will delay the passage of the budget.

“If you change the GAB, you will be conducting another set of budget hearings so made-delay talaga. The general appropriations bill is a photocopy of the NEP it is the same budget,” Ungab insisted.

He added that changing the proposed budget that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submitted will also cause doubt among their fellow lawmakers.

Villafuerte, on the other hand, said the filing of the proposed bill is still premature as the budget briefing is still on-going.

He reiterated that based on House rules, budget briefing must be completed first before the GAB is filed.

Villafuerte added that this is only a procedural matter and that it will not affect the timeline in passing the national budget.

“Parang ang pangit tingnan na di pa nga tapos, ipa-file na. Parang masyado namang nagmamadali. Tinatanggalan na kami ng power to hear or make suggestions [It might not look good to file (the bill) when (the briefing) is not yet finished. It’s as if we are doing things in haste. We are now being denied of the power to hear or make suggestions],” Villafuerte said.

The House had earlier promised to pass the proposed 2020 national budget before the first session break on October 4. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Pilot testing of National ID set in September for 10,000 individuals

Marje Pelayo   •   August 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The pilot testing for the National Identification System will kick start in September, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).

According to NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia, the agency is expecting to register some 10,000 individuals for the pilot tests which will run from September 2 to December this year.

Pernia said once the registration of the national ID system is perfected, they will then increase the number of registrants.

“Next year we will be ramping up as soon as the pilot test will show that we are implementing the National ID the right way,” Pernia said on the sidelines of the 3rd Economic Journalists Association of the Philippines Forum.

The official said they plan to ramp up registration to 50 million people each year starting from next year until all Filipinos, including overseas workers, are registered before the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys Act), signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in August last year, seeks to interconnect all government IDs in a single national identification system.

Known as the Phil-ID, it will contain the card holder’s unique PhilSys number, full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address. It will also contain the cardholder’s biometric information and iris scan for added security.

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