OVER the past 20 months, the administration of President Duterte has come up with a host of multi-
pronged programs aimed at meeting the employment needs of the burgeoning population.
No less than Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles, a close associate of President Duterte,
acknowledged that the government’s P8-trillion “Build, Build, Build” program is a surefire job
The program is focused on the implementation of multiple big ticket infrastructure projects
for the rest of President Duterte’s tenure. His term of office ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.
Nograles, chairman of the House of Representatives’ appropriation committee, expressed
elation over the decrease in the unemployment rate as reported by the Philippine Statistics
In its latest labor force survey, the PSA said the country’s unemployment rate fell to 5.3
percent in January 2018 from 6.6 percent during the same period last year, according to the Davao
“The reduction of 1.3 percent cannot be underestimated as it represents thousands of
Filipinos who now have the ability to put food on the table,” said Congressman Nograles.
Note that the January 2018 unemployment rate is even lower than the 5.8 percent posted by
the same survey in January 2016, which covered the last full year of the previous administration.
Interestingly, people now want the state, through the Department of Labor and Employment,
to create more local jobs considering the rising number of problematic overseas Filipino workers.
The National Economic Development Authority had earlier credited the government’s
aggressive jobs fair campaign and livelihood assistance for the improvements in the employment
Critics should stop undermining government efforts to address the country’s unemployment
Tumulong na lang sila sa gobyerno para mabigyan ng magandang trabaho ang naghihirap na