THE camp of United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard bearer Jejomar Binay said the Liberal Party (LP) and its presidential bet, Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, lied in claiming that they were able to provide permanent and quality jobs for poor Filipinos.
UNA campaign communications director Joey Salgado noted that the administration’s claim that Roxas was able to generate four million jobs in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry was far from true because data showed there were only one million workers in the industry as of 2015.
“Sabi mismo ng BPO industry, it employed over one million Filipinos in 2015, kaya nasaan na ang tatlong milyon pa (so where are the three million?) It only employed 101,000 workers in 2004 when then Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Mar Roxas ran for the Senate,” Salgado said.
He said Binay will work to correct the current administration’s failure to provide permanent and quality jobs.
“This administration and its bet are boasting that they created millions of jobs but this is not true. Most of the jobs created were not permanent because these were contractual or part-time,” Salgado stressed.
There was also a sharp drop in jobs in key sectors like manufacturing, he pointed out.
“The manufacturing industry, particularly the textile, wearing apparel and leather industries, meanwhile, hovered at between 800,000 to 900,000 workers from 1999 to 2003. It is down to less than 700,000 workers in 2013,” he added.
Analysts, Salgado explained, have noted that the country’s economic growth has yet to generate sizeable numbers of new jobs needed to adsorb new entrants into the labor force.
Salgado said that out of the one million jobs created in 2014, around 700,000 are “vulnerable” or temporary positions.
“We can consider this kind of jobs poor because there is no job security, thus employees can be easily dismissed. This leads to either underemployment, unemployment or poverty,” he said.
He added that around 3.7 million Filipinos are unemployed despite the economic growth that the present administration trumpets.
Most of the unemployed, Salgado said, are young workers.
Of the unemployed, 48 percent or 1.8 million Filipinos are aged 15 to 24, Salgado said. A further 1.2 million or 32 percent are aged 25 to 34.
Another seven million Filipinos are underemployed in 2015, up slightly from 2014’s 6.8 million Filipinos, he added.