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Nograles hails private sector initiative targeting creation of 1M jobs

June 11, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 143 views

THE chair of the House committee on labor and employment on Sunday hailed an initiative that aims to create a million jobs for Filipinos, and urged more private sector companies to also come up with similar job-generating programs.

“This is a great initiative that not only creates jobs but also address the problem of access to transportation for so many of our workers,” Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles, a stalwart of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD), said.

“I hope that our other private sector companies will also come up with similar initiatives that would help generate employment for our people,” he added.

The Motorcycle Micro Business Program, proposed by the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC)-Job Sector Group (PSAC-JSG), aims to empower the informal sector, particularly motorcycle “nanopreneurs”, by creating one million job opportunities for habal-habal riders while ensuring the highest safety standards.

The PSAC-JSG proposal was inspired by ride-hailing app Angkas, which earlier proposed the Motorcycle Nanopreneur Digital Jobs Platform, which hopes to empower the country’s 18 million motorcycle owners to become “nanopreneurs” or small business owners.

The program also seeks to address the financial exclusion of Filipinos without access to banking services by offering secure cash handling and easier motorcycle loans.

Nograles highlighted the role that such initiatives could play in addressing poverty in the country.

Such private sector-led action helps ensure that programs are targeted and create actual value, the lawmaker added.

“Umaasa akong patuloy na magtutulungan ang pamahalaan at pribadong sektor sa pamamagitan ng PSAC. With such convergence and close collaboration our inclusive development will not be a pipe dream but something attainable,” he said.