Good job!

Finally, I get to write something positive about the Philippine Government. I have been dreaming about this for a very, very, very long time. This blog is not only about complaining you know. Ranting really helps me blow off steam but I don’t want to do it chronically because it can also drain one’s energy. Besides, I don’t want to be called a misanthrope. How can a docile “cow” be one huh?

More than 800,000 new jobs were identified in a joint summit recently held in Malacañang and attended by representatives from the government, academe, church, nongovernmental organizations, business, and labor sectors. The jobs will be created by the government for economic pump-priming as stated in a communiqué issued by the summit participants. For this, I commend all the officials who attended the conference; most especially the Department of Labor and Employment. Bravo! Sana palaging ganyan! Tulong-tulong.

The Inquirer stated that, “the following emergency employment positions are to be created:

• 506,082 at the Department of Public Works and Highways and 27,222 in the department’s its roadside maintenance program employing out-of-school youths

• 100,000 at the Department of Education and the state universities and colleges’ repair of classrooms and school buildings

• 81,134 in the Department of Agriculture’s irrigation projects, 36,500 in farm-to-market road projects, 10,400 in organic fertilizer production, and 3,645 in goat dispersal [whatever that means]

• 35,000 in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Bantay-Gubat [Forest Watch] and a project for displaced upland workers

• 23,550 in Department of Labor and Employment projects under the Tulong Hanapbuhay [Livelihood Aid] for Disadvantaged Workers and the Integrated Services for Livelihood and Advancement of Fisherfolk

• 1,022 in Laguna Water Lily Development of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The seven-page communiqué, a copy of which the labor department provided reporters, also said 80,000 to 100,000 jobs would be created in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

Now, add to that about 400,000 new overseas jobs waiting to be filled up as listed at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration. Good news indeed right?

I just hope the given figures are accurate and that the implementation phase would be smooth sailing and corruption-free. I also hope that there will be more encouraging announcements like this in the future. The numbers may still be small relative to the current total population of the country but the initiative is still praiseworthy.

Salamat Ginoong Roque at Ginang Arroyo!


4 Responses to “Good job!”

  1. 1 walongbote Huwebes 12 Pebrero 2009 bandang 9:34 hapon

    although there are jobs available for some, the underemployment is still rampant and also the mis-job category.. meaning other’s doesn’t fit on the specific job category.. I’m one of those nursing graduate who still haven’t find the right job.. all hospitals are closed for employment.. their just accepting volunteer.. and it sucks.. no payout!
    Joe: I understand. I am also in the medical field. It really is a pain to find job these days. The government should continue to create employment opportunities for Filipinos INSIDE the country.

  2. 2 duskfading Sabado 14 Pebrero 2009 bandang 8:30 hapon

    I agree. The problem lies on job compatibility. Paano rin yung mga na-lay off na mga empleyado na 40+ anyos na? Maliit na ang pag-asa nila na ma-employ ulit. Kawawa talaga.

    Though this is good news, i wonder the percentage of successful employment.
    Joe: Good point. Sana dumami pa ang job opportunities para sa mga Filipino.

  3. 3 hector olympus Miyerkules 25 Pebrero 2009 bandang 10:56 umaga

    duskfading, good news is still good news 🙂

    may the government “really” engage itself in seeking for better opportunities for the people.
    Joe: Sana nga… Thanks for droppin by hector.

  4. 4 Mike Lunes 9 Marso 2009 bandang 11:53 hapon

    Enjoy reading your blog.Btw, this is first time I visit to your blog 🙂

    Why pay $1000’s for solar or wind power when you can build your ownprofessional system for less than $200?! (in your own backyard)

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