Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. said the next administration should focus on infrastructure development to address the unemployment problem and the impending exodus of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from the Middle East.
Marcos said the implementation of foreign-assisted projects, especially those funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Fund, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Fund would be a good start.
“A number of these foreign-assisted infrastructure projects have incurred delays in their completion and implementation due to technical and administrative problems. Steps should be initiated in resolving the projects’ backlog,” he said.
These foreign-assisted ventures involve the construction of bridges, roads, irrigation systems, flood risk management, and other big ticket projects.
“Infrastructure development is a good way to boost the economy, address the unemployment problem and the impending arrival of our OFWs displaced from the Middle East and elsewhere,” Marcos pointed out.
He said the government should be thinking about alternative measures for workers who have been displaced or for those who will not be given a chance to work abroad.
“The sad thing about it is that we are always looking for opportunities elsewhere, but very seldom have Pinoy skilled workers simply just looked around and found opportunities to exercise their skills in their homeland,” the senator said.
“If our government can provide growth opportunities here, in the Philippines, I am sure that our skilled workers will be the missing link to catapult our economy to its full potential. As it stands, other countries benefit from their skills because our government does not see what they can do for the country,” Marcos said.