MORE workers were employed while job-hunting was made easier during the six-year term of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to a Malacañang official on Labor Day.
In an interview over state-run Radyo ng Bayan, Palace Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the Aquino administration made sure that Filipino workers’ contributions to society were duly recognized by giving them utmost attention and respect.
“In the remaining days of the Aquino administration, we would like to assure that the programs intended for workers will be widened to allow them to live with dignity,” Coloma added.
He said the two major changes that the government managed to initiate were making more jobs available and addressing jobs-skills mismatch.
Citing data from the Department of Labor and Employment, 6.657 million qualified applicants had jobs from 2011 to 2016, a 41-percent increase from the 4.72 million additional jobs generated from 2005 to 2010.
“There are more of those trained by TESDA [Technical Education and Skills Development Authority] and the SPED program of the DepEd [Department of Education] who got employed,” Coloma said.
Also, the Public Employment Service Office showed a huge 83-percent hike in employment.
Coloma noted that the daily net take-home of workers grew substantially from P228 to P493.
Under Aquino, he said tax-free benefits for government workers were raised from P87,450 to P105,187 besides the P10,000 productivity pay, P5,000 uniform and clothing allowance and other allowances.
The Palace official said that during their watch, there were more labor cases resolved while fewer strikes were recorded.
Similarly, vulnerable sectors such as overseas Filipino workers were given ample protection and care during the Aquino administration.
JOEL M. SY EGCO