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Chiz bares proposal to create more jobs

Re-electionist Senator Francis Escudero on Thursday batted for a strong measure to address the increasing  joblessness in the country. Escudero said the Level of Skill Surveys and the regular updating of school curricula to help reduce the level of the unemployed which a recent Social Weather Stations survey showed to have remained at an alarming 25.4 percent of the labor force, equivalent to 11.1 million jobless Filipinos. Escudero, in a statement, noted that the official unemployment rate of 7.1 percent was also among the highest in the Southeast Asian region. He said his twin measures would be the government’s crucial contribution to efforts at bringing down the high level of unemployment despite the economic gains achieved under President Benigno Aquino III. “The government does not have the mandate to create jobs. This should be the function of the private sector but the government should provide policy support for businesses to generate permanent or long-term jobs,” Escudero said. For the past two years, Escudero said he had been pushing for Level of Skill Surveys and the updating of school curriculum to allow the matching of skills of Filipino labor with what is sought in the labor market. The Level of Skill Survey will allow the government to have a window on the skills of new graduates and those in the labor pool which is useful in comparing skills with the actual demand of businesses, he explained.
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