P-NOY'S APPROVAL RATINGS WILL PLUNGE IN COMING MONTHS - LAWMAKER

MANILA
, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 (TRIBUNE) By Charlie V. Manalo - Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano yesterday said the high approval and trust ratings enjoyed by President Aquino will swiftly plunge in the coming months, especially as indicators show that the government had done little to address the long-standing problem of domestic unemployment.

“Clearly, Aquino’s double-digit gain in trust and approval ratings does not reflect the government’s real performance in terms of employment generation,” Mariano said.

“So far, there has not been any meaningful improvement in the employment situation under the Aquino administration,” the Anakpawis solon added.

The latest data from the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed that unemployment rate for July this year remained high at 7.1 percent compared to 7.0 percent in the same period last year.

Underemployment rate, on the other hand, stood at 19.1 percent, down from 19.4 percent in April but still much higher than the 17.9 percent underemployment rate in the same period last year.

Based on official government data, one in four working-age Filipinos is either unemployed or looking for more work.

Mariano said real unemployment figures could be higher compared to government estimates. Citing data from an independent think-thank IBON, Mariano said the unemployment rate could be at 10.9% or as high as 4.5 million unemployed Filipinos.

Rising underemployment also showed a significant decrease in the quality of jobs as Filipinos not earning enough from their jobs and seeking additional work is estimated at 7.1 million. This brings the total number of real unemployed and underemployed Filipinos to a considerable 11.6 million or 28 percent of the labor force.

A large portion of the nearly one million jobs created under the Aquino administration so far are temporary jobs and among the lowest-earning sectors – agriculture (639,000 jobs at P155/day) and trade (369,000 jobs at P272/day). More Filipinos remain jobless while those with work are permanently distressed with steadily rising costs of food, fuel, transport, water and power.”

“The government is not effectively addressing the lack of domestic employment opportunities in the economy. The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) programs are centered only on job facilitation and not job creation. In fact, the Aquino administration further encourages Filipinos to seek for employment overseas.”

“The dismal state of local employment continues to force more and more Filipinos to work abroad, even in war-torn countries. More than 4,000 Filipinos leave the country daily to work overseas, resulting to increased OFWs remittances of $1.7 billion or an increase of 6.1 percent compared to last year,” Mariano said.


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