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!