Pay hike, job security and employment, gov’t’s top concern, says DOLE

Increasing workers' pay, job security, and boosting employment generation are among the Duterte administration's top priority concerns, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

"We are working towards adjusting salaries. Although this has to go through a long process since we have to consult all the stakeholders," Bello said.

Bello made the assurance following survey results showing that nearly half Filipinos consider improving the pay of workers as the top national issue that the Duterte administration should immediately address.

The latest Pulse Asia survey showed that 46 percent of Filipinos said that the new administration should focus on increasing workers' pay. On the other hand, 38 percent said that the government should focus on creating more jobs while 37 percent consider controlling inflation as the most urgent national concern.

Fighting graft and corruption in the government and reducing poverty placed fourth among the most urgent national concerns with both 32 percent.

Meanwhile, 31 percent of Filipinos cited fighting criminality as the most urgent issue that should be addressed. The other most often mentioned urgent national concerns are increasing peace in the country (20 percent), enforcing rule of law (14 percent), reducing the amount of taxes paid (12 percent) and protecting the environment (9 percent).

Bello stressed that job creation is on the agenda of the Duterte administration.

"According to the July 2016 Labor Force Survey, the Philippines labor market continues to show improvement as employment increased with the industry sector showing the highest employment increase at 11.3 percent driven largely by strong growth in manufacturing and construction. That's a substantial increase in any language," said Bello.

Bello also informed that DOLE and DTI will hold a summit on employment and livelihood in November. This is in support of PRRD's pronouncement on achieving better economic performance to attract investments that will generate more and better jobs, including labor-intensive industries that will absorb our labor supply.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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