Casiño hits higher unemployment rate

PARTY list representative and senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño today hit the increase in joblessness in the country based on the results of a Social Weather Station (SWS) August survey, published in BusinessWorld, which showed 29.4 percent respondents saying they were unemployed, equivalent to 11.7 percent of Filipinos, compared to the government’s official figure of 7 percent, or 2.8 million.

According to SWS this was a rise from the 26.6 percent who said they were jobless in a May survey, but lower than March’s 34.4 percent. Also the respondents in the latest survey represent 11.7 percent of all jobless Filipinos.

“Now how can the media report this as something good? Malinaw na tumaas ang bilang ng mga walang trabaho sa bansa pero ang gusto ata ng Pangulo ay puro good news at sinabihan pa ang media na allergic daw sila dito?” said Casiño.

The other day Pres. Aquino chided media as being allergic to good news at a gathering of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP).

“Ito ang tunay na nangyayari at ito ay taliwas sa inilalabas na pahayag ng mga ahensya ng pamahalaan. This fact should not be sugarcoated or else how can it be solved. The problem of increasing joblessness is very real and it cannot be ignored or just given a media spin or else how can it be properly addressed,” added the Makabayan senatorial bet.

“What we need now are more jobs with a daily living wage of at least P993 in Metro Manila, that’s why I’m pushing for programs to support and protect the farmers, micro, small and medium enterprises and industrialize the country to produce jobs through the program Buy Pinoy, Build Pinoy, but it is being ignored by the administration. Dapat makinig si Presidente Noynoy sa mga balita dahil nagbibigay ito ng larawan sa tunay na mga nangyayari sa bansa di niya dapat kutyain ang media na allergic ito sa good news. Ano ba naman ang ibabalita nila, kung hindi ang mga matitingkad na nangyayari sa lipunan,” he added.

“Nakakatakot din ang tinurang ito ng presidente dahil wala itong pinag-iba noong panahon ni Marcos na sinikil ang malayang pamamahayag at kinontrol ang media upang ang ilabas lamang ay ang mga gusto niyang balita. In this context, it is perfectly clear why it is against the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill,” Casiño said.

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