Manila to generate 1 mln jobs a year to encourage Filipinos to stay

08:30, July 08, 2011      

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The Philippine government is targeting to generate one million jobs a year to encourage Filipinos to stay in the country in midst of labor instability overseas particularly in the Middle East, a senior government official said on Thursday.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma said that the current thrust of the Aquino government is to make the local economy more vibrant so that jobs will be available locally for the benefit of the Filipino workers.

"The President always says this: we are creating conditions in the economy so that we could generate at least one million new jobs every year. This is to arrest the trend that was established decades ago that our countrymen need to go abroad," he said.

Few decades ago, the Marcos administration said the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) was just temporary as a result of the oil crisis at the time, Coloma said.

But that was 30 years ago and until now OFWs still go abroad to look for greener pastures because of lack of opportunities in the country, he added.

However, he said that globalization is also a factor in this phenomenon, and the government could not stop Filipino workers seeking jobs abroad that require special skills.

Because of globalization, Coloma said Filipinos became more marketable so there are still a lot of OFWs working abroad.

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