By Mia M. Gonzalez | Business Mirror
A SENATOR is proposing the creation of an inter-agency body devoted to job creation to speed up the employment rate so it can keep pace with economic growth in the country.
In filing Senate Bill (SB) 1862, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. cited a Department of Labor and Employment report which said the rate of employment in the country has continued to lag behind economic growth.
“The real challenge now to the government is how to translate the country’s economic gains into employment opportunities for all. This proposed measure seeks to provide the remedy to this social malady,” Marcos said.
He said SB 1862 seeks to create the Inter-Agency Council for the Creation of Jobs attached to the Office of the President (OP), which will serve as the overall advisory and coordinating body that will “design policy and program directions for all job-creation endeavors in the country.”
“Job creation is a multifaceted endeavor that requires the joint efforts of different government agencies to provide effective and holistic employment-creation strategies. This will be the answer to the current dismal situation where around 11.2 million Filipinos are unemployed,” he said, citing Social Weather Stations survey results in June 2013.
The 15-member council, chaired by the labor secretary, will have among its members the National Economic and Development Authority director general, justice secretary, finance secretary, agriculture secretary and foreign affairs secretary.
Other government representatives in the council are the administrators of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and the presidents of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, League of Cities of the Philippines and League of Municipalities of the Philippines.
Private sector representatives who will be appointed by the President will come from the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Employers Confederation of the Philippines and from a recognized employee’s union.
The council is tasked to recommend job-creation strategies to the Executive Department and local government units (LGUs), and “undertake an important duty to analyze the different methods in providing equal employment opportunities for all,” the senator said.
It will also encourage and assist LGUs “in mapping out business opportunities in their respective localities and tie them up to investors.”