Bong Go

Bong Go lauds TESDA, supports efforts to further strengthen PH workforce to boost economic recovery

January 3, 2023 People's Journal 219 views

IN light of the adverse impact of the pandemic on workers and the country’s economy as a whole, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go emphasized the importance of rebuilding and strengthening the Philippine workforce. He emphasized further that these concerted efforts will require a coordinated effort from the government, private sector, and ordinary Filipinos.

“By providing support to those who have lost their jobs, investing in education and training, and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation, we can help ensure that the workforce is prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the post-pandemic world,” he highlighted.

During the mass graduation of the Philippine Academy of Technical Studies, Inc. under the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority in Daet, Camarines Norte on December 5, Go lauded such initiatives for providing more Filipinos with the opportunities to acquire valuable skills in order to uplift their lives and contribute further to the economy.

“TESDA has played a crucial role in empowering our workforce and helping your graduates achieve their educational and career goals, especially amid the pandemic,” said Go.

During the event, Go’s team also provided assistance and other forms of support to the 1,000 attendees. They handed out snacks and meals, umbrellas, shirts, food packs, caps, hand fans, and balls for basketball and volleyball.

Go then noted that the impact of the pandemic on the country’s workforce has been profound given that a number of Filipinos workers have either lost their jobs or have been forced to adjust to new ways of earning a living for their families.

“Mahirap pong mapagtanto ang magiging long-term effects ng pandemya sa ating mga manggagawa, ngunit malinaw na ito ay may malaking epekto sa kanila at mga negosyo,” he pointed out.

While the country is on the right track towards recovery, Go said that one of the key challenges that the government must face will be rebuilding and strengthening further the country’s workforce amid existing and emerging threats.

“The global economy will likely take some time to recover from the crisis, and many workers will face challenges as they try to find new jobs or rebuild their careers,” added the senator.

To achieve this, Go underscored the need for a combination of short-term measures to support those who have lost their jobs, as well as long-term strategies to prepare the workforce for the changing needs of the economy. These include providing support to those who have lost their jobs through unemployment benefits, retraining programs, and other forms of financial support.

In the longer term, Go said that it will be important for the government and private sector to work together to identify the key industries and sectors that are likely to be in demand as the economy recovers.

“This include industries such as healthcare, technology, and renewable energy, which have been shown to be resilient during the pandemic and are likely to continue to grow in the coming years,” he said.

To support the growth of these industries, the senator pointed out that both public and the private sector will need to invest in training and education programs that can help workers to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to contribute and succeed in these fields.

“This could include offering retraining programs for workers who have lost their jobs in industries that are in decline, as well as providing support for the youth who are looking to enter promising fields,” he said.

The senator then called on the public and private sector to continue their partnerships in order to promote a conducive environment for entrepreneurship in the country.

“Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng mga ganitong uri ng suporta, makakatulong ang gobyerno at ang pribadong sektor upang isulong ang isang kultura ng inobasyon at entrepreneurship, na maaaring makatulong naman sa paglago ng ekonomiya at lumikha ng mga bagong job opportunities para sa mga Pilipino,” said Go.

The senator then assured that he will continue advocating for reforms and measures that will improve conditions for Filipino workers and help the economy get back on its feet.

These include measures he filed such as Senate Bill No. 424 which shall institutionalize the Department of Trade and Industry’s “One Town, One Product” program. OTOP is a government-run program providing assistance for micro, small and medium enterprises and promoting Filipino commodities and products in various towns, cities and provinces.

Go also filed SBN 1182, which seeks to institutionalize the Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises. This measure aims to strengthen the capacity of government financial institutions to provide the needed financial assistance to MSMEs, and other strategically important companies.