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BY THE NUMBERS | 12.4M Filipinos Without Proper Jobs After Aquino Leaves Office – World Bank

By: Likha Cuevas-Miel,
September 3, 2013 2:24 PM

MANILA – By the time President Benigno Aquino III leaves office in 2016, there will still be 12.4 million Filipinos unemployed or underemployed, even if the Philippine economy were to grow at an average of 7 percent a year, the World Bank says.

Here are the numbers that the Philipppine government must pay attention to, according to Karl Kendrick Chua, WB senior country economist:

* 3 million – unemployed Filipinos as of 2012
* 7 million – underemployed Filipinos (those who do not get enough pay and are looking for more work) as of 2012

On top of those currently unemployed, the country produces thousands of college graduates every year:

* 1 out of 4 – new jobseekers will likely land a good job, meaning:
* 240,000 out of 500,000 college graduates every year wiill be absorbed in the formal sector
* 52,000 of these 240,000 employed will be absorbed by the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector
* 20,000 of the employed college grads will enter the manufacturing sector


* 200,000 new jobseekers find work abroad

As for the rest who do not find steady work:

* 60,000 of the new jobseekers will be underemployed, or go back to school or rely on financial support

600,000 new jobseekers have no choice but work in low-skill and low-pay informal sector

As for the stellar growth of the country:

* 2 million can be employed over the next 4 years – double the current figure – if Philippines grows by 7 percent a year and without constraints in fast-growing sectors like the BPO industry.

Despite this, Chua wrote in World Bank Philippines’ blog, majority of Filipinos in the labor force will still be left out.

“By 2016, around 12.4 million Filipinos would still be unemployed, underemployed, or would have to work or create work for themselves in the low pay informal sector such as selling goods in sari-sari stores (small retail stores) and peddling on the streets, and driving tricycles and pedicabs,” he said.



18 Percent of Unemployed Pinoys are College Graduates – NSO

By Ted Torres (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 20, 2013 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – At least 18 percent of unemployed in the country today are college graduates, according to the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The NSO has reported that in January 2013 alone, 608,000 people were added to the labor force. However, the number of employed increased only by 606,000, meaning another 2,000 were added to the ranks of the unemployed.

Speaking at a recent forum organized by the Ayala Foundation Inc. at the Ayala Museum in Makati City, Socio-economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the figures point to a disturbing high rate of unemployment among college graduates.

“The rate of unemployment is very high among college graduates, which partly reflects a mismatch between what is produced by schools and what is required by the market. This also shows that there is insufficient conversation between the schools and the firms,” Balisacan, who is also director general of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), said.
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PH Has 5.5-M Child Laborers

By Ted P. Torres, The Philippine Star
Posted at 05/01/2013 8:13 AM | Updated as of 05/01/2013 8:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has about 5.5 million child laborers (from five to 17 years old) with nearly three million of them doing hazardous tasks, a 2011 survey on children release by the National Statistics Office (NSO) showed.

Globally, there are 215 million child laborers, with half of them doing hazardous work, according to the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO).

Hazardous child labor is defined as being likely to harm children’s health, safety or morals by its nature or circumstances. Children may be directly exposed to obvious work hazards such as sharp tools or poisonous chemicals.

Other hazards for child laborers may be less apparent, such as the risk of abuse or problems resulting from long hours of work. Hazardous work is considered as one of the worst forms of child labor.
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52% of Pinoy Families See Selves as Poor, 39% Don’t Have Enough to Eat – Survey

By: Abigail Kwok,
April 24, 2013 9:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines — An estimated 52 percent of Filipino families, or 10.6 million, consider themselves poor, the results of a new Social Weather Stations survey showed.

The March survey’s results, first published in BusinessWorld, are slightly lower than the December 2012 self-poverty survey that showed 10.9 million families, or 54 percent, saying they were poor.

Around 39 percent, or 7.9 million families, also consider themselves food poor, lower than December’s 44 percent or 8.9 million households.

The release of the survey follow results came after census figures released Tuesday showed that the Philippines has failed to make headway in cutting rampant poverty, with more than one in four citizens considered poor despite rosy economic growth figures.
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Poverty Level in Phl Unchanged Since ’06

By Ted Torres (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 24, 2013 – 12:00am

Almost 28% of Pinoys remain poor

MANILA, Philippines – The percentage of Filipinos living below the poverty line has remained almost unchanged in the past six years, according to the latest poverty data released by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) yesterday.

The recorded poverty incidence for the first half of 2012 was 27.9 percent, slightly less than the 28.8 percent recorded in the first half of 2006, and 28.6 percent in the first half of 2009 and 2011.

The NSCB report on the 2012 first semester state of poverty in the Philippines showed that a family of five can be considered extremely poor if it is earning P5,458 a month or just enough to put food on the table.
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Absence of Effective Birth Control Adversely Affects Philippine Poor

Updated 28 March 2013, 22:00 AEST

After a fourteen year fight that pitted the Church against the State – the Philippines last December, passed a law to give the country’s poorest women access to birth control measures.

It was seen as a critical step for a nation with over 96 million people and roughly three million new pregnanacies each year – half of which are unwanted.

But the controversial Reproductive Health Law has now hit a new hurdle.

The country’s Supreme Court — faced with numerous petitions questioning whether the law is in line with the Consitution — has temporarily suspended its implementation.

Correspondent: Kesha West

Speakers: Vilma Lopez, a poor woman with 13 children; Magdalena Bacalando, local social worker; Ugochi Daniels, Philippine country representative, UN Population Fund UNFPA; Ricky Carandang, Philippine presidential spokesman; Bishop Gabriel Reyes, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

WEST: (SFX children) Vilma Lopez and her family live in Tondo, one of Manila’s poorest neighbourhoods. She shares her cramped make-shift home with her husband and children … all 13 of them.
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Opinion: Family Planning Pilot Project in Philippines is a Success Story

By Times of Trenton guest opinion column
on February 27, 2013 at 6:42 AM Print
By Bonnie Tillery

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, center, in a file photo. AP Photo/Aaron Favila

The Philippines, roughly the size of Arizona, is home to 103 million people — compare that to the entire U.S. population of 313 million. The population of the Philippines is expected to double in size by 2080. Rice is the staple food, while fish provides most of the protein.

The Philippines has one of the highest birth rates in the world and the highest teen pregnancy rate in the Asian Pacific. To feed its people, the Philippines imports more rice than any other country on the planet and its oceans show severe signs of overfishing.

Something had to be done, which is why Philippine President Benigno Aquino late last year signed the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012. To poor women in the Philippines, this means that government health centers will have to make reproductive health education, maternal health care and contraceptives available to everyone. It is a life-saving measure that will help end the cycle of poverty in this Southeast Asia island nation.
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