With the growing Philippine economy, President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the Filipinos in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. that the government is capable of providing them employment if they wish to return to the country.
President Aquino spoke before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila, Feb. 17). After his speech, the President fielded questions from the audience on issues ranging from South China Sea to local jobs situation.
“Well, the only guarantee I can give you is an opportunity that is increasing. The numbers speak for themselves. We are at our lowest unemployment figure,” the President said when asked about jobs and opportunities available for Filipinos.
“Overseas foreign workers, when I started out were pegged at about 10 million of our countrymen. The number now at the height point is about 9.4 million. They didn’t disappear, they went back home or a lot of them did come back home,” he said.
President Aquino assured the Filipinos of employment opportunities once in the Philippines, citing as example the Arab Spring in 2011.
“Even at the height of the Arab Spring in 2011, we were just starting out, engineers from Libya and quite a large number of them actually had jobs already waiting for them by the time they landed in Manila,” he said.
“The economy definitely is growing, there are so many opportunities,” the President added.
President Aquino cited two major foreign companies, one Japanese and the other American, that wanted to expand their businesses in the country by putting up a research and development center.
The President also mentioned the training courses being offered by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for returning Filipinos to enhance their skills and help them find jobs.
President Aquino was in Los Angeles for a working visit from February 16 to 17 following his participation in the US-ASEAN Leaders Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama with Southeast Asian leaders. (PCOO News Release)