By Jocelyn Montemayor | Malaya Business Insight
PRESIDENTIAL aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Saturday talked about generating more jobs especially in the tourism industry to boost efforts for the country’s economic recovery.
Marcos, in his 201st vlog episode, said with the COVID-19 alert lowered to Level 1 in Metro Manila and 38 other areas nationwide, more tourist destinations and related businesses will be able to fully operate and provide employment opportunities.
He said a resort or hotel, for instance, employs people to handle housekeeping, security, food and beverage and may even outsource services such as laundry, transportation, entertainment and cultural shows, or buy food supplies such as bread, fruits, vegetables, meat and the like.
“Ito ay isa sa nakikita naming agarang lunas para sa ating mabilis na pagbangon…. Ngayon na Alert Level 1 na sa maraming lugar ay samantalahin na natin. Napakalawak ng multiplier effect na nalilikha ng downstream jobs ng domestic tourism (This is what we see as key to our immediate recovery… Now that many places are under Alert Level 1, let us take advantage of this. Tourism has a wide multiplier effect in terms of jobs domestically in tourism),” he said.
Marcos said in 2019, the tourism industry employed 5.71 million people but more than two million of them lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Creating jobs especially in micro, small, and medium industries, and strengthening the tourism sector are among the platforms that Marcos has promised to prioritize if he wins the presidential elections in May.
Marcos, during the League of Barangays at SMX Convention in Pasay City on Saturday, acknowledged the role of barangays in ensuring that the government’s delivery of basic services would reach even those in far-flung areas especially during times of crisis and disasters.
He assured the barangay officials that their needs and concerns will be given priority and their efforts will be recognized, if he is elected as president.
Marcos said he and his running-mate Sara Duterte-Duterte understand the local governments’ problems as both of them have served their provinces as local officials.
Marcos reiterated the need for national government to listen to suggestions and recommendations of barangay and local officials to address all problems in their localities adding that if he wins, the national government will not interfere and will allow them to determine the best programs for their respective localities using additional funds from the internal revenue allotment.