Good news, bad news

December 06, 2019

Current employment is on the rise, something we could all be cheerful about.

What is worrisome is the future or long-term prospects for employment of students now on account of declining competence in English, Math, and Science.

First, the good news: The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that youth employment rate was estimated at 87.2 percent in October 2019 while it was 86.7 percent in the same month a year ago.

It added that unemployment rate in the country reached a 14-year low in October as more individuals were hired during the period.

PSA data showed that employment rate was estimated at 95.5 percent in October, up from 94.9 percent in the same month in 2018.

It also reported the unemployment rate is at 4.5 percent, as against 5.1 percent recorded in October last year.

The Department of Labor and Employment lauded the results of the October Labor Force Survey, particularly in the increase of employment.

“We are inspired by the increase in Employment and achieving beyond the overall target for the year of 900,000-1.1 million employment. For the year 2019, we gained 1.3 million Employment,” Labor Sec. Silvestre Bello III said in a statement.

“This is brought about by vibrant wholesale and retail trade, transportation and storage, construction, education, accommodation and food service activities and public administration and defense. Agriculture, particularly, fishing and aquaculture, have a

Following reports that Filipino students are at the bottom in terms of reading comprehension, and math and science, Sen. Joel Villanueva said proper nutrition and appropriate learning and play environments as early as pre-school play an important role in the learning and academic performance of a student.

Villanueva said this is why he filed Senate Bill 858, which seeks to amend existing laws to strengthen the barangay daycare system.

“This is to give them proper care while their parents go to work. This will ensure proper nutrition and development support,”  he said in a statement.

“I hope my proposal will be considered and will contribute to improving not just the academic performance but the overall welfare of underprivileged children,” he said.

Towards the same goal, a lady lawmaker had earlier expressed optimism that children as young as two years old would soon get free meals with her proposal to raise the appropriations for the Supplementary Feeding Program in the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.