Villar on Kuwait deployment ban: DOLE, DTI, DA can provide alternative jobs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 6, 2020   •   370

Senator Cynthia Villar

Senator Cynthia Villar said that government agencies can provide alternative livelihood and job opportunities to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) affected by the Kuwait deployment ban.

“The DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment), DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) and DA (Department of Agriculture) can look into alternative livelihood and local employment opportunities for workers affected by the deployment ban to Kuwait so that they no longer feel compelled to leave the country for the Middle East as domestic workers,” she said.

Villar also suggests scaling down the deployment of domestic workers to the Middle East until a more effective monitoring system is established.

“Because this is a business, recruitment agencies will accept job orders for domestic workers that may already be beyond their capacity to monitor,” she said.

The senator also condemns the senseless killing of another OFW, Jeanelyn Villavende, in Kuwait.

She also hopes for an investigation which includes the alleged failure of both the local licensed agency and its foreign counterpart to closely monitor the working and living conditions of Villavende.—AAC

Unemployment rate in October 2020 eases to 8.7% —PSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2020

The unemployment rate in October 2020 eases to 8.7%, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

From April 2020, with a 17.6% unemployment rate, the number of unemployed Filipinos continued to drop to 10% in July and 8.7% in October. This is equivalent to 3.8 million Filipinos, 15 years old and above, who are unemployed.

With several establishments reopening after strict lockdowns due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), several Filipinos were able to find jobs during the last quarter of the year.

Meanwhile, the underemployment rate also droppedd to 14.4% this October, compared to 17.3%t last July.

The PSA said the economy is gradually recovering as lockdowns continue to ease. -AAC

SWS: Adult joblessness drops to 17.5%

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020

Adult joblessness in the Philippines has dropped to 17.5 percent in December 2019, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Fourth Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey was done from December 13-16, 2019. Based on the SWS report, this is four points lower compared to the 21.5 percent in September 2019.

“The estimated numbers of jobless adults were 7.9 million in December and 10 million in September,” according to the report.

“The estimated 7.9 million jobless adults in December 2019 consisted of 3.7 million who voluntarily left their old job, 1.6 million first-time job seekers, 1.7 million whose contract ended and was not renewed, 613,000 who got laid off, and 399,000 whose employer closed operations,” the report further reads.

The report also showed that joblessness in Metro Manila dropped to 15% in December 2019 from 24.5 percent in September 2019. However, joblessness in Visayas and Mindanao rose to 15.7 percent and 20.7 percent , respectively, in December.

SWS defines the labor force as adults ages 18 years and above who are presently working plus those looking for a job. Meanwhile, Adults who are jobless consists of those who (a) voluntarily left their old jobs, (b) are seeking jobs for the first time, or (c) lost their jobs due to economic circumstances beyond their control, termed by SWS as the retrenched.—AAC

Sara Duterte on reported wealth spike: ‘We have jobs, businesses’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 10, 2019

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Tuesday responded to the report that cited her family’s increasing wealth while in public office.

Duterte-Carpio told reporters on the sidelines of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s campaign rally in Surigao City, Mindanao, that she and her lawyer husband, Atty. Manases Carpio, have jobs and businesses.

The lady mayor also said her net worth from five to ten years ago could not be the same as now, insisting that all their businesses were declared in their Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN).

Duterte-Carpio said she has yet to read the report of the Philippine Center of Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) which also probed the assets of her brother, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and her father.

Last week, the PCIJ released a three-part series on the wealth and assets of the Dutertes.

The PCIJ in its report claimed that the Duterte family’s law firm is not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission since its establishment, and that some of their business interests were not disclosed in their SALN.

The report also found that the wealth of the Dutertes have consistently increased during their years in public office “even on the modest salaries they have received for various public posts, and despite the negligible retained earnings reflected in the financial statements of the companies they own or co-own.”

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier slammed the PCIJ report, accusing the PCIJ of receiving money in exchange for releasing the report.

He also said that other people have no business scrutinizing their affairs as long as it did not involve the people’s money.

READ: Duterte hits PCIJ report on family’s wealth

But the PCIJ insists that the report was based on their SALNs and that they made efforts to get the side of the Dutertes before the story ran.

“PCIJ exerted best effort to get their side – by courier, fax and email. We sent them two batches of request letters in October 2018 and in January 2019,” PCIJ Executive Director Malou Mangahas said.

“PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries. Instead of blaming PCIJ for the report, Mr. Duterte should turn his attention at his deputies, notably Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, for the failure of the Office of the President to attend to PCIJ’s request letters, over the last five month,” she added. 

Several groups have earlier urged the Dutertes to explain their ‘unexplained’ wealth, but Malacañang challenged them to file charges against the President and his children if they think the Dutertes have amassed ill-gotten wealth.

The palace also said that the law only requires public officials to file their SALN and does not require the filer to justify the increases in their income. – Robie de Guzman

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