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Has gov’t come to terms with jobless growth, poverty? * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary 

Has gov’t come to terms with jobless growth, poverty?

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Last week, reacting to the result of a Social Weather Station survey showing that joblessness had risen to 27.5% in the last quarter of 2013, President Aquino convened a full Cabinet meeting, which he rarely calls. An “action plan for poverty reduction” was tackled, reportedly for almost eight hours. Judging from the post-meeting media briefing, given by Arsenio M. Balisacan, National Economic and Development Authority director-general, the P-Noy government appeared to have grudgingly come to terms with the intractable…

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By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld NO, this isn’t about Benigno Aquino III’s latest love object this Valentine’s Day, but about the jobless. The President of the Philippines, who’s been crowing over the 7.2% growth of the economy, was described in one broadsheet account early this week as “baffled” by the rise in the country’s unemployment in the last quarter of 2013. A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey had found that unemployment had climbed to 12.1 million, or 27.5% of Filipinos 18 years and above, as 2.5 million…

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The rhetoric–reality divide * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Economy Politics & Governance 

The rhetoric–reality divide

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective President Benigno Aquino III reportedly called a Cabinet meeting after the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released the result of its recent survey showing that the unemployment rate rose to 27.5 percent, affecting an estimated 12.1 million Filipinos. Around 2.5 million Filipinos lost their jobs between September and December last year. President Aquino was reportedly baffled that while the economy grew by 7.2 percent, unemployment increased. This belied the Aquino government’s claim of pursuing “inclusive growth.” This is not surprising at all. In the more than…

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Groups belie claims that the Philippines is the ‘rising tiger’ of Asia * Latest Posts Top Stories Women & Children 

Groups belie claims that the Philippines is the ‘rising tiger’ of Asia

“Only through taking steps in building the domestic economy and ensuring social welfare intervention can joblessness and forced migration be truly addressed. Without these, the Philippine economy cannot be a rising tiger, only a mythical beast feasting on the desperation of our Filipino labor force.” – Migrante

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Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry * Latest Posts Economy Labor & Employment - Front Other Stories Special Reports 

Bleeding the supposed ‘bosses,’ the working masses, dry

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – In 2012, the incomes of the Filipino working population shrunk further compared to the rising cost of living, their recorded productivity and, based on news reports, growing revenues of companies. Considering that 2012 precedes an election year, the Aquino government only responded to decade-long calls of organized labor for a significant, nationwide wage hike with erroneous computations, and policies and pronouncements which labor groups decried as misleading and downright anti-worker. These policies are top billed this year by the labor department’s supposed improvement or…

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