MANILA–A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last August 2012 revealed that unemployment rate reached to 29.4 percent in the 3rd quarter of this year compared from the 26.6 percent last May 2012.
In reaction to this, Filipino migrants’ rights group said that “Philippines worsening unemployment debunks government’s plan to stop forced migration phenomenon.”
“The recent SWS survey serves a ‘crystal clear’ mirror on the state of unemployment in the Philippines. Notably, it’s not getting better under the Aquino administration,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.
“The plan of the Philippine government under the Aquino administration to stop peddling Filipino workers abroad in 5-year time from now is ‘only a wishful thinking’ in the face of worsening unemployment in the country.”
In a statement, Monterona added the latest SWS survey on unemployment is a “slap on the face of Pres. Benigno Aquino III and his labor honchos who stated that it will stop sending Filipino workers abroad.”
“The reality is, the government will continue to do so and even intensify its labor export program by exploring labor markets abroad, no difference from the previous administrations,” Monterona averred.
About 4,200 Filipinos are leaving the country daily for work or looking for jobs abroad compared to the 3,200 two years ago, according to Monterona.
“With the worsening unemployment problem, the number of Filipinos forced to leave the country for overseas job will increase to around three to 5 percent from the current base figure of 4,200 daily in two to 3 year time.”
The group also slammed the country’s labor department, saying, “The DoLE would make us believe that the unemployment problem is due to ‘job mismatch’. The fact is the Aquino administration performs poorly in generating local jobs with decent pay and benefits primarily due to anti-labor policies such as labor-contracting only, among others.”