MANILA – The government is addressing the local employment situation, Malacañang said Sunday after an opinion poll showed that more Filipinos were jobless.
The Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that some 9.8 million Filipinos or 22 percent have no jobs, higher than the 8.6 million or 19.7 percent in June this year.
The Palace is "seriously looking at the survey and "is continuously finding ways to improve the local employment situation," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the Ease of Doing Business Act to reduce processing time in all government agencies and make the country more conducive to investments thereby creating more jobs, Panelo noted.
The government, he said, is also confident that the new director of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) can contribute to employment targets by improving the competencies of the youth and underemployed school dropouts through skills training.
The President last month reassigned Isidro Lapeña as TESDA Director-General amid a multibillion-peso drug smuggling controversy at the Bureau of Customs which he headed then.
"Indeed, there will be no let-up in our efforts to bring down the unemployment rate and increase labor participation among our youth and women," said Panelo.
Creating more jobs is one of the top national concerns of Filipinos along with controlling the rising prices of goods, and increasing the pay of workers, a September survey of pollster Pulse Asia revealed.