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    Youth, Philippines’ growing epidemic

    Philippine Senator Bam Aquino on Friday described the unprecedented rise of unemployed youth in the country as a "growing epidemic" that should be immediately addressed by the government.
    "Youth unemployment is a growing epidemic in the Philippines and all over the world," the senator said.
    According to a data from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), of the 2.8 million jobless Filipinos, 1.42 million or more than half are from the youth sector.
    Aquino, who chairs the Senate Committee on Youth, stressed that the government's push for inclusive growth will not take off unless the problems of youth unemployment and underemployment are not addressed.
    To address this problem, the senator called on government agencies such as the DOLE, the Department of Education (DepEd), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), as well as the private sector, to develop programs that will create more jobs and solve the so-called "job mismatch", which contributes to the high unemployment rate.
    "We call on government agencies, educational institutions, and private companies to work more closely together in solving the problems of youth unemployment and underemployment," Aquino said.
    Aquino stressed that there needs to have linkages between the private sector and the educational system so that graduates are better equipped for the demands of the industry.
    "We need to ensure that our graduates are equipped to find jobs that fit their skills and educational attainment, after they finish school," the senator said.
    The senator said that if young Filipinos opt to start a new business, they should be given access to financing, training, market linkages, and other means of support that will help them run and develop their own businesses.
    "This is one of the advocacies of our office, but we need support from different sectors to push for policies and programs that will open up opportunities for young Filipinos," the lawmaker emphasized.
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