VICE President Jejomar Binay, standard-bearer of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), on Tuesday vowed to produce more jobs in the critical sectors of agriculture, manufacturing and business process outsourcing (BPO), saying poverty is caused mainly by lack of employment opportunities.
“Kailangan paramihin natin ang kabuhayan. Kaya madaming naghihirap kasi walang trabaho. Yon ang tututukan natin, yung major sectors: agriculture, manufacturing, BPO [We have to generate jobs. Many people are poor because they are unemployed. This will be our priority],” he told a radio interview in Odiongan, Romblon.
The province has a 40.5 percent poverty incidence rate, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board.
It also used to belong to the top 20 poorest provinces in the country in the last decade.
Aside from focusing on the sectors that generate the biggest number of jobs, Binay also vowed to abolish the income tax for workers earning P30,000 and below monthly.
The move is expected to bring relief to more than six million workers and enable them to bring home a bigger pay check every month.
In the farm sector, Binay said his administration will give more subsidies to help farmers increase their productivity.
“Dapat din dagdagan ang subsidy ng mga magsasaka. Lalo na sa fertilizer at irrigation [We should also increase the subsidy of farmers. Especially fertilizer and irrigation],” he added.
His camp earlier said a Binay presidency will construct and improve rural infrastructure facilities such irrigation, farm-to-market roads connected to highways and post-harvest facilities.
Crop insurance will also be pushed by the Binay administration to protect farmers, and to give farmers and fishermen capacity-building programs to help in their credit-worthiness so that they can avail of financial loans.
Binay said his administration will also strive to improve the BPO industry that has been providing jobs to skilled Filipinos.
He added that he will continue and expand the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to include senior citizens and other marginalized groups.