Solon to PNoy: Rising unemployment is really ‘bad news’

ANAKPAWIS Rep. Rafael V. Mariano said before President Benigno Aquino III lectures the media on reporting good news and highlighting the so-called economic achievements of his administration, the President must first realize that there is ‘no good news to report’ because of the worsening ‘jobless growth’ under his administration.

Speaking before the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ (KBP) conference yesterday, Aquino scolded the media, saying, “as journalists, you are aware of your duties — inform the public of news presented fair and square, complete with details even on social issues regardless of it being local or otherwise. Your job also entails that you be equipped with a mechanism seen to develop one’s sense of opinion on various issues. It is this aspect that makes your report matter. Whatever you say affects the behavior of the public.”

“The President wants to stay in his own dreamland and refuses to accept the grim realities under his administration — the domestic economy registers ‘growth’ but unable to create sufficient jobs and significantly raise wages. Why blame the media for reporting ‘bad news’ when the local economy and unemployment is really in ‘bad condition,’ Mariano said.

“In the third quarter of this year, unemployment went up to 29.4 percent from 26.6 percent according to a survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS). Based on the survey, three out of ten Filipinos are jobless. For those who are looking for work and needs additional income, that is definitely bad news,” said Mariano.

“How can the public be optimistic when we are confronted by rising unemployment, unending price hikes, widespread poverty and hunger on a daily basis?” Mariano asked.

Based on the latest SWS survey, 12 percent of the unemployed were those who resigned, 13 percent were those who lost their jobs and five percent were first-time jobseekers. “Majority of those who lost their jobs are contractual workers whose employment contracts were not renewed.”

“High unemployment and rising underemployment is the trend under the Aquino administration. More than 11 million Filipinos are currently unemployed despite Malacanang’s rosy projection of the domestic economy as a rising tiger in Asia.”

“Jobs created under the Aquino administration are contractual and among the lowest earning sectors. Workers still lament over their very meager wages, now further worsened by the two-tiered wage system imposed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE),” Mariano concluded.

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