MANILA – Along with the 115th Labor Day celebration in the country, and the first under the Duterte administration, is a reported decrease in the joblessness rate.
Based on the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) from March 25 to 28, 2017, the number of jobless workers decreased to 10.4 million as compared to the more than 11 million in December 2016.
However, the net optimism of Filipinos on job prospects for the next 12 months has dropped.
President Rodrigo Duterte assures the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in cooperation with various government agencies, work to create thousands of job opportunities in the country.
In his official message, the President recognized the rights of workers in all industries and assured he is committed to protect and defend the rights of workers.
Meanwhile, Filipinos have varying opinions on the condition of the country’s labor sector under the Duterte administration.
“If people were diligent enough to find jobs, they would find one. Otherwise, they won’t be able to find work,” Jenvie de Guzman, one of the job seeker, said.
“We’re waiting for the change that you have promised to us. We’re still waiting,” call center agent Bragin Lumabao said.
“My brothers as well as my neighbors, most of them who are young adults, are applying for jobs but can’t find one,” one jeepney driver said. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue
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