DUE to alleged lack of jobs in the country, millions of Filipinos, including teachers, nurses, medical doctors, midwives, engineers and other college graduates, work in various parts of the world.
In fact, many of our licensed mentors and nurses are even willing to work overseas, notably in the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Australia and Germany, as domestic helpers.
It is one of the cruelest ironies of our time that thousands of positions in government offices and agencies, like the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and many public schools, remain vacant.
This year, the BoC, headed by Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, is hiring another 1,000 new employees.
And it is not surprising that Rep. Mike Defensor has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to fill up the vacant teaching and non-teaching positions in public schools across the country.
Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Defensor, chairman of the highly-influential House committee on public accounts, said the DepEd has 59,026 vacant positions, mostly for teachers.
In fact, the articulate sectoral congressman recommended the holding of a jobs fair just to recruit the needed school personnel.
Based on the government’s staffing summary for this year, Defensor said the public school system has a total of 966,159 permanent positions, of which only 907,133 are filled up.
This means, he said, that there are close to 60,000 vacant positions, mostly for teachers, in public schools in various parts of the country.
Defensor urged government departments, offices and agencies to recruit needed officials and employees, adding that bureaucracy-wide, there are a total of 190,048 vacant posts.
We share the view of Defensor that the government, the country’s biggest employer, will be addressing our unemployment problem if it could fill up all the vacant positions.