THE mushrooming number of employable and productive Filipinos has thrust outfront the need for the government to generate more quality jobs in the Philippines.
Of the 109,035,343 Filipinos, more than half (69.40 million) are within the 15 to 64 years old working age bracket, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The Commission on Population Development (POPCOM) said this milestone should be prioritized to further elevate the nation’s socio-economic conditions.
“This is the best time to fully utilize our human resources. We need to ensure that there are available jobs out there,” said POPCOM OIC Exec. Director Lolito Tacardon.
Of course, there’s that urgent need to create more high-paying local jobs in line with the government’s program to encourage Filipino workers to just work in the country.
“Kailangang unti-unti na nating bawasan ang bilang ng mga kababayan nating nag-tatrabaho sa labas ng bansa,” according to a former overseas Filipino worker (OFW).
“Lalo na’t nandiyan pa rin ang mga nagkalat na illegal recruiters at abusive foreign employers na nagpapahirap sa marami nating kababayan, kasama na ang mga babae,” the OFW said.
Like other Filipinos, we share the view of Director Tacardon that the government, through concerned offices and agencies, should capacitate the country’s workers.
This is to enable our working men and women to be more productive members of society.
By generating more quality jobs in the country, government authorities are on track responding to the employment needs of the burgeoning population.