Unemployment rises under Pres Duterte's watch

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Unemployment rises under Pres Duterte's watch

Latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority shows that 145,000 more Filipinos were unemployed in 2017 at 2,185,000

MANILA, Philippines – According to government figures, the profile of an unemployed Filipino is a male Junior High School graduate, between 15 and 24 years old.

He is from Ilocos, and is looking for job through a private employment agency for less than a month already.

The government is ramping up on its efforts for a Labor Day job fair across the Philippines for unemployed Filipinos.

According to the labor department, more than 143,000 jobs here and abroad will be available for the government-organized Labor Day fair.

The numbers are promising. But the latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that there were 145,000 more Filipinos unemployed in 2017 at 2,185,000, from the previous year's figure of 2,040,000.


According to PSA, there are still more Filipino men that do not have jobs than women. Around 1.4 million of the unemployed are males while 783,000 are females.

Most unemployed Filipinos are between ages 15 to 24, which comprise 43.9% of the total figures in October 2017.

Of the unemployed, 665,000 were Junior High School finishers. It was followed by college graduates at 449,000.

Meanwhile, government records also showed that the country's average unemployment rate increased by 0.3% from 4.7% to 5%.

Ilocos posted the highest unemployment rate among regions at 8.2%, a sharp rise from its 2016 rate of 5.4%. It is followed by Metro Manila at 6.1%, a small increase from last year's 6%.


President Rodrigo Duterte promised to create more jobs and to end contractualization.

But recently, the President also ordered the closure of Boracay due its environmental problems, displacing 36,000 workers who are heavily dependent on tourism economy.

Some 251,000 overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait are also fearing for their future, amid the diplomatic row between the Philippine government and the Gulf country. Philippine Ambassador to Kuwait Renato Villa was declared "persona non grata" for the embassy's rescue of abused OFWs.

Labor groups are still waiting for the President to sign the Executive Order that would end labor contracting practices by establishments.Three deadlines and 5 draft versions had passed, but he is nowhere near signing an EO.

Instead, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said there will no longer be an EO, and left it to Congress to pass a law.

With unemployment rising and an EO left unsigned, it seems the President still has unfulfilled promises to the Filipino workers.


  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Underemployed, part-time workers grew by over 1M under Pres Duterte — IBON

    The number of underemployed and part-time workers has grown by over million during President Rodrigo Duterte's term, a militant research group said on Tuesday.

    IBON Foundation said that there are now more Filipinos who are underemployed, or seeking more work despite the upturn in employment numbers.

    Citing official labor force data, the think tank said that the number of employed increased to 41.8 million in January 2018 from 39.3 million in the same period last year, with the employment rate at 94.7% and 93.4%, respectively. Unemployment meanwhile dropped from 6.6 percent to 5.3 percent in the same period.

    However, IBON pointed out that the number of underemployed—or those relegated to jobs that are insecure and low-paying, and usually underutilize their abilities or capacity to work—grew by 1.1 million, from 6.4 million in January 2017 to 7.5 million in January this year.

    The underemployed comprised 18 percent of the labor force in January 2018, compared to the 16.3 percent recorded the previous year.

    Another "indication of the worsening jobs situation," IBON said, is the number of informal sector workers, or the number of own-account workers and unpaid family workers combined, which rose by 1.4 million (9.2%) to 16 million in January 2018 from 14.6 million in January 2017.

    Moreover, part-time workers or those working less than 40 hours per week rose by  1.4 million or 9.3 percent from 13.4 million in January 2017 to to 1.3 million this January.


    The independent think tank released its findings on Labor Day, which was marked with protests against what labor groups call the government's failure to put an end to unjust contractualization.

    IBON said eliminating contractualization is one of the "much-needed reforms" that the government should implement as they "prioritize Filipino workers’ interests over big business profits."

    The group also called for the mandating of a P750 across-the-board national minimum wage, along with the assurance of decent benefits and working conditions.

    "Such reforms must go hand in hand with a strategic plan for national industrialization that is necessary in creating sustainable jobs for the Filipino people," its statement read.

    President Duterte, however, announced on Tuesday that he has signed an executive order prohibiting illegal contracting, or subcontracting, and strengthening workers’ rights to security of tenure.

    In a speech, the President maintained he was committed to his campaign promise to put an end to "endo" and illegal contractualization, but admitted his hands are tied because of the existing Labor Code.

    Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III said passing a law that puts an end to "endo" will be one of the chamber's priorities when it resumes session later this month.
  • xpopcornxxpopcornx Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Pati mga tambay na tamad at ayaw magtrabaho tulad ng Kadamay eh binilang. Eh dadami nga. :)
  • Darius03Darius03 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018

    Does this mean that having no education one has more chances of getting employed? Figures show that having higher education has more unemployed individual compared to those with no grade completed at all!  
    Bad and misleading representation, much better if the graph shows how much from each level of education are employed, in percentage or actual numbers compared with those that are unemployed.
    Like (hypothetical examples):
                                       College graduates employed 5,000,000 vs 449,000 unemployed  or 8.9% unemployed
                                       No completed grade employed 6 vs 6,000 unemployed or 100,000% unemployed!
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018
    the biggest complain is the minimum wage earners lost the buying power because of the increase in prices of the Dirty TAX REFORM.

    atleast nun panahon ni AB Noy, we were able to attribute the unemployment due to the series of calamities. the current unemployment situation is caused by the GOVERNMENT.
  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    SWS: 10.9 million jobless, job optimism down

    There are now 10.9 million jobless Filipinos in the country, a recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.

    The survey result, released on Tuesday, Labor Day, showed that from 7.2 million in December 2017, the number of jobless adults rose to an estimated 10.9 million in March 2018. This 23.9 percent joblessness rate is an 8.2 percent increase from last year’s 15.7 percent.

    The SWS noted that this was the second-highest mark under the current administration since the 25.1 percent recorded in December 2016.

    Although the joblessness rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) went down by 0.5 percent, the nationwide figures rose because of a 12.1 percent spike in Balance Luzon, 6.3 percent in Visayas, and 7.6 percent in Mindanao

    According to the survey conducted from March 23 to 27, unemployment in all areas rose from 17.2 percent to 22.8 percent in urban areas, and from 14.6 percent to 24.8 percent in rural areas.

    Joblessness among all age brackets. It increased by 8.1 points for 18 to 24 year olds, 2.7 points for 25 to 34 year olds, 6.7 points for 35-44 year olds, and 8.9 points for 45 years old and above.

    SWS said that the data on jobless adults consist of those who left their old jobs (12.6 percent); those who were retrenched (7.7 percent); and first-time job seekers (3.5 percent)

    The survey was conducted from March 23 to 27 among 1,200 respondents nationwide. It had sampling error margins of ±3% for national percentages, and ±6% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

    More jobless women?

    The survey results showed that joblessness tend to affect women more than men, with 33.9 percent of female Filipinos jobless, compared to only 16.1 percent of males. The number of jobless females increased by 7.2 percent, while jobless males rose by 8.5 percent.

    Net optimism regarding job availability also decreased among Filipinos from +41 in December 2017 to +37 in March 2018. Forty-nine percent of the respondents anticipate more jobs, 25 percent do not expect changes, 12 percent perceive fewer jobs and 14 percent have no idea.

  • elBartoloelBartolo Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Sapul kay Teddy Boy Locsin

  • _knorr__knorr_ 2017 Person of the Year PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited May 2018
    ^Fake news na naman ang dilawan na SWS.

  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer
    Kaya down ang unemployment kasi kinuha lahat ang position ng asawa ni Wandrambong Tukmol Teo

  • arturo.makapiliarturo.makapili Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    _knorr_ said:
    ^Fake news na naman ang dilawan na SWS.

    tanong ko sa iyo VOVONG _knorr_ 

    sa 10.9M million unemployed workers, sino ba dyan skilled construction workers na walang trabaho?
  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^ noon pa gustong gawin iyan ng China. that was their proposal for the defunct Northrail project.

    it is all over the news, there chinese cook illegally working in the Philippines. abusado at rapist pah.
  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    SWS: Jobless Filipinos soar to 10.9 million in Q1 of 2018

    MANILA, Philippines — The number of unemployed Filipinos soared to 10.9 million individuals in the first three months of the year, according to the latest survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

    The SWS poll, fielded from March 23 to 27, found adult joblessness at 23.9 percent or about 10.9 million individuals at least 18 years old.

    This was 8.2 points above the 15.7 percent or an estimated 7.2 million adults in December 2017 and the highest since the 25.1 percent in December 2016.

    Unemployed adults included those who voluntarily left their old jobs at 12.6 percent (about 5.8 million people), those who involuntarily lost their jobs at 7.7 percent (around 3.5 million) and first-time jobseekers at 3.5 percent (an estimated 1.6 million).

    Those who resigned or left their old jobs voluntarily rose from 8.3 percent in December 2017 to 12.6 percent in March 2018.

    Those who were retrenched increased by 1.8 points, from 5.9 percent to 7.7 percent.

    The 7.7 percent who were retrenched consisted of 3.9 percent whose previous contracts were not renewed, 2.2 percent who were laid off and 1.7 percent whose employers closed operations.

    The proportion of first-time job seekers increased from 1.5 percent to 3.5 percent.

    SWS said unemployment rose in all areas except Metro Manila.

    In balance Luzon, adult joblessness rose by 12.1 points from 16 percent in December last year to 28.1 percent in March 2018. It was 23.4 percent in March 2017.

    In the Visayas, it rose by 6.3 points from 15.3 percent to 21.6 percent. It was 18.2 percent in March 2017.

    In Mindanao, adult joblessness likewise grew by 7.6 points from 13.2 percent to 20.8 percent in March. It was 24.9 percent in March 2017.

    Adult unemployment, however, slightly dropped in the National Capital Region from 19.5 percent in December 2017 to a record low 19 percent in March. It was 24.9 percent in March 2017.

    In urban areas, adult unemployment went up by 5.6 points from 17.2 percent in December 2017 to 22.8 percent in March 2018. It was 20.9 percent in March 2017.

    It also rose in rural areas from 14.6 percent to 24.8 percent in March 2018. This was similar to the 24.6 percent recorded in March 2017.

    Joblessness among men increased from 7.6 percent in December 2017 to 16.1 percent in March 2018, the highest since March 2017’s 16.6 percent.

    Among women, adult joblessness increased by 7.2 points from 26.7 percent in the last quarter of 2017 to 33.9 in March 2018. This was the highest since the 40.2 percent in December 2016.

    Unemployment increased among all age groups, SWS said.

    It rose by 8.1 points among 18- to 24-year-olds, from 45 percent in December 2017 to 53.1 percent in March 2018. 

    It increased among 25- to 34-year-olds, from 23.9 percent to 26.6 percent.

    It also rose by 6.7 points among 35- to 44-year-olds, from 10.7 percent in December 2017 to 17.4 percent in March 2018.

    It likewise soared among 45 years old and above, from 8.5 percent to 17.4 percent. This was similar to the 17 percent in March 2017.

    Meanwhile, optimism that there will be more jobs decreased by four points from 53 percent in December 2017 to 49 percent in March 2018.

    Those who expect there will be fewer jobs (pessimists) remained at 12 percent.

    The proportion of those who say there will be no change in job availability rose by a point from 24 percent in December 2017 to 25 percent in March 2018.

    This resulted in a net optimism score of +37, classified by SWS as “very good” from an “excellent” +41 in December last year.

    The SWS non-commissioned poll has a total of 1,200 respondents nationwide.

    The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that over 19,000 jobseekers participated in the government-initiated job fairs in different regions nationwide.

    As of 1 p.m yesterday, DOLE said they have recorded a total of 19,045 job applicants.

    Of the figure, DOLE said 5,114 have qualified and 1,195 applicants were hired on the spot.

    DOLE said a majority or 13,828 applied for local jobs while 3,054 want to work abroad

  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop I Am WHIP PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Here's the thing.. naka graduate na ba ng college yung mga naipit sa k to 12? 

    NO. kaDDSes, nauto nanaman ng kasinungalingan

    elBartolo said:
    Sapul kay Teddy Boy Locsin

  • knorrknorr 8anned by Abmin PExer
    Chekwas are coming

  • private-iprivate-i Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Sacrificing farmers for politics


    By Manny Piñol
    Secretary of Agriculture

    Ever since I assumed the position of Secretary of Agriculture, I have made it a policy not to dip my fingers into political issues and this is a policy which I have asked all other workers of this department to observe.

    “Leave politics to politicians and let us just focus on our task to help farmers and fishermen produce food for the country” is my standing directive to workers in my department.

    This time, however, I will have to cross the red line simply because one of the highest officials of this country has ventured into the realm of agriculture, not to help Filipino farmers, but to use rice as a political issue against this administration.

    Two days ago, Vice President Leni Robredo in a press conference, made an off-the-cuff computation on the increase in the cost of rice which she claimed was hurting Filipino consumers using it as a proof that the administration has done little to address rising prices.

    Not only was her “40 x 4 = 1,600” ridiculously and atrociously wrong, it actually showed her lack of profound understanding of the true state of Philippine Agriculture and the poverty that pervades in the farming and fisheries sectors.

    Worse, she perpetuated the injustice which has long been inflicted on Filipino farmers and fishermen who always get the blame when the price of rice, fish, meat and vegetables tick up a little in the market.

    I can understand that she made a mental computation of the “40 x 4” which resulted in the wrong total of “P1,600” but what I cannot comprehend is why use the increase in the price of rice to emphasize that something is wrong with the way President Duterte is running government?

    Let me just cite some figures and present data which were not pulled out from the blue air (hindi hugot sa hangin) but from studies and researches made by the Philippine Statistics Authority and other research institutions:

    1. In 2008, the government support price for palay procurement was P17 per kilo, clean and dry at 14% moisture content. Today, 2018 or 10 years later, it is still P17, although rice farmers are happier now because the buying price by private rice traders has reached historic high at P21.50 per kilo. Using these numbers, a poor rice farmer who owns one hectare of un-rrigated land which produces 4 metric tons once a year could now earn P86,000 which with a production cost of P12 per kilo would earn him a net of P36,000. That net earnings, divided into 12 months would mean a monthly income of P3,166.

    2. In 2008, the Cost of Living at Current Prices Per Family Per Year was P63,246.19.

    Today, 10 years later, the Cost of Living Per Family Per Year is at P110,690.45 or an increase of P47,444 which means that a family needed to spend an additional P3,953 more than in 2008.

    This means that at current prices, a family has to spend P9,224 every month to lead a decent life.

    These numbers indicate that even at current buying prices of paddy rice which the PSA indicated were at historic high, the small rice farmer in an unirrigated rice farm is short by a whooping P6,058 per month to cope up with the high Cost of Living and this means that he has to do away with the simple luxiries in life, like perhaps a colored TV which is an ubiquitous equipment in almost all households and he could not even bring his children to the mall.

    The ordinary farmer is able to survive because he could grow the food that he needs like vegetable, chicken, hogs and other animals.

    The story may be different for the rice farmer whose field is irrigated and who could harvest 6 metric tons twice a year but this group represents only 1/3 of the total number of rice farmers in the country.

    So, going back to the issue of why the price of rice has gone up, the basic and simple answer is it is because the Cost of Living has gone up.

    Tuition fees (although this is now free in state colleges and universities) have gone up over the last 10 years; fuel prices have gone up and down and up again over the last 10 years; the cost of farm inputs, including seeds, has increased tremendously; the cost of transport, handling and labor has gone up; and even cost of fare for both land and sea transportation has gone up.

    While policemen, teachers, government workers and even ordinary office workers have enjoyed tremendous increases in their salaries and wages over the last 10 years, the ordinary rice farmer’s monthly income has increased by only about P750 per month over the last 10 years.

    In spite of the neglect and lack of understanding of some of our top officials of the actual state of life of the Filipino farmers and fishermen, they have steadily contributed to stabilizing the supply of food in the country.

    Last year, rice farmers produced 19.3-million metric tons of paddy rice which was the highest in the country’s history; the hog and poultry industry, with minimal help from government have performed dramatically; the fisheries sector is recovering from years of neglect; corn farmers have produced more than enough for the country’s requirements while the high value crops farmers have steadily earned foreign exchange for the country.

    There are reforms being implemented in the Agriculture and Fisheries sectors like improving farm mechanization and providing post-harvest facilities but the effects of these efforts would not be felt right away.

    I do not want to sound arrogant but to those who are asking farmers and fishermen to bring down the price of their produce, let me give them this answer: Yes, the farmers and fishermen could do that, provided, however, that you bring down the cost of tuition, fertilizer, farm inputs, fuel and the other things they need to produce and survive.

    People must realize that farmers and fishermen too have families to raise, children to send to school and they too dream of simple luxuries and comfort in life.

    “Hindi lang naman kayo ang anak ng Diyos."

    I mean no disrespect to Vice President Robredo but perhaps she should have asked for a briefing from the Department of Agriculture before attempting to use the rice issue to get back at President Rody Duterte who gave an unflattering evaluation of her capacity to lead the country.

    Even this late, however, I am still offering to give Vice President Robredo a briefing on the State of Philippine Agriculture to help her realize that the “Laylayan ng Lipunan” that she fondly talks about and says have been neglected by government are actually the farmers and fishermen, the very people whose lives will be affected if she continues to use the price of rice and other food commodity as a political issue.


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  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited July 2018
    magkano kaya ang binayad ng Malacanang sa Pulse Asia???

    Coke Philippines nagbawas ng tauhan. Columbia Foods inihinto ang production ng juice drink nila. NutriAsia pa.

    sinong niloloko ninyo?
  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    SWS reports Q2 adult unemployment at 12.5%

    THE Social Weather Stations (SWS) said adult unemployment in the second quarter was 12.5%, or about one in eight adults, equivalent to 5 million persons.

    SWS said 12 percentage points, equivalent to 4.8 million adults, consisted of those “who were not working, looking for work, and available for work” while 0.4 percentage point (about 179,000 adults) were “not working and available for work, but not looking for work.” It said it applied rounding on the totals.

    The reasons cited for not looking for work were that the applicant was “tired (of looking) or believes that no work is available, awaiting results of a job application, temporarily ill/disabled, bad weather, or waiting for rehire or job recall.”

    SWS said the survey was conducted on June 27-30, and adjusts the data for those 18 years and above. An earlier SWS report released on Sept. 12 considered unemployment in the entire labor force, which is defined by official statistics as those 15 and above, and listed the jobless rate as 19.7% or 8.6 million adults.

    In the Sept. 12 report the 19.7% total was broken down into 9.5 percentage points consisting of adults who voluntarily left their jobs; 6.5 percentage points, those who involuntarily lost their jobs; and 3.4 percentage points, those who are looking for work for the first time.

    SWS said for its finding of 12.5%, it excluded those who “were not available for work at present or in the next two weeks,” who were equivalent to 41.9% of the 8.6 million jobless, or around 3.6 million, leaving a total of 5 million.
  • BeerhandBopBeerhandBop I Am WHIP PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    TBH, I like Benjamin Diokno. i believe he really wants to do what is best for this country.  whatever the spelling of his name is. lol
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  • gotta lick itgotta lick it Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    edited September 2018
    TBH, I like Benjamin Diokno. i believe he really wants to do what is best for this country.  whatever the spelling of his name is. lol

    he should be called Benjamin JOKE-ANO

    the SOB is not looking for the benefit of the COUNTRY they just slashed the BUDGETS of the Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health which are the firstliners in helping the poor and marginalize

    ALL of these just to FEED the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD

    at least, JOKE-ANO has another escapegoat to blame, SUPER TYPHOON OMPONG and not HIMSELF

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