BAYAN CamSur doubts SONA claim on unemployment

Photo courtesy of Arkibong Bayan
Photo courtesy of Arkibong Bayan

By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

PILI, Camarines Sur ( – Militant organization BAYAN in Camarines Sur declared that P-NOY’s third SONA is meaningless, although there is 6.4% economic growth under the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, there was widespread unemployment.

The group doubted the President’s SONA report as reflective on countryside economic reality, and dismissed the report as purely “rhetoric”, expertly crafted to sound good, but it did not reflect the true state of labor and the economy.

IN his SONA, President Aquino claimed “3.1-million new jobs in past two years were created”. P-Noy recalled how unemployment was steadily going down, from 8.8% in April 2010; to 7.2 % in April 2011 ; and 6.9% this April. He singled out the BPO sector for notching the biggest increase in the number of jobs generated – from 5,000 people employed in year 2000, in 2011 at least 638,000 were employed in the sector, which generated P11 billion for the economy.

BAYAN Camarines Sur said by email that Social Weather Station (SWS) survey on December 2011 revealed that 9.7 million people are jobless which figures went up higher in the first quarter of the year to 3.8 million unemployed.

“Unemployment rate under Aquino Administration is 26.8%, based on SWS survey- higher than the previous Arroyo Administration of 19.6%, Estrada Administration of 9.2%, and Ramos Administration at 10.3%,” said BAYAN Camarines Sur.

Some 1.4 million Filipinos left their families to work in foreign lands under Aquino’s term, and only 1 million citizens left the country to work under the Arroyo administration. During the Estrada government, only 840,000 left the country, while under then-President Ramos, only 690,000 went abroad to work,” said BAYAN. “Filipinos should not leave their families to work if we have a prosperous economy. They can just find that rewarding income here.”

On human rights violations, BAYAN Camarines Sur bared that in the province there were 175 victims so far under his two-year Presidency. In the reported cases, 10 persons were victims by extra-judicial killings; 2 are political prisoners; 49 documented incidents of rights violations. []

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