Solon urges the Aquino govt to address unemployment

A LAWMAKER urged the Aquino government to adopt an urgent measure to address the growing number of unemployed Filipino people, which has now reached 2.83 million.

“The increasing number of jobless Filipinos is but natural because the present administration does not have a specific policy that will protect the agriculture and local industry,” said Rep. Rafael Mariano (Partylist, Anakpawis).

“If only the government will protect the local industries from smuggling, global competition and trade liberalization policy, then unemployment and underemployment will not be a cause of concern,” Mariano said.

The National Statistics Office (NSO) recently disclosed that about 2.86 million Filipinos are unemployed and 6.76 million are underemployed as of 2010.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) also reported that more than 34,000 companies, establishments and factories have closed down from 1995 to June of 2010 affecting 881,000 workers.

“The National Statistics Office (NSO) report on the jobless rate in the country is a huge challenge to the present government as it is mandated to promote full employment,” Mariano said.

“There are three major reasons why unemployment and underemployment continue to rise in the country, the loss of market, reorganization and outsourcing and financial losses,” according to Mariano.

“Many of our local entrepreneurs are export oriented. They are dependent on the world market because of the major trading partners abroad. Changes and loss of market are inevitable. Recent events of reorganization and outsourcing of large companies are now being done in the guise of financial losses, thus the reason for the underemployment rate of 18.7 percent,” Mariano said.

The Anakpawis Party List has filed House Bills 375, the P125 wage hike bill, and HB 374, the agrarian reform of 2010, which seek to help the Aquino administration to address unemployment and underemployment, Mariano said.

“I have also filed a bill accelerating the nation’s irrigation development program for six years that will cover 70 percent of 3.1 million irrigable land areas of the nation,” Mariano said.-D’Jay Lazaro

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