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    Phl intensifies employment efforts

    THE Philippine government on Tuesday affirmed the statement of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) that employment generation efforts should be intensified in areas hit by natural disasters late last year.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan stated that according to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the unemployment rate went up to 7.5 percent in January 2014 compared to 7.1 percent a year ago.
    Coloma explained that this is because the labor force grew by 1.2 percent during the said period, faster than the total 283,000 jobs generated which increased by 0.8 percent year-on-year.
    Because of this, the PCOO chief said the government will implement strategies to intensify employment generation efforts -- first, by promoting employment opportunities in places of refuge.
    “We will take note that those dislocated were part of a migration wave from places of calamity to places of refuge or to the towns and provinces adjacent to the disaster areas,” Coloma said.
    Second, the government will also facilitate employability by assisting job applicants in reconstructing pre-employment documents.
    “The number of those affected...have a hard time producing usual requirements asked by employers such as birth certificate and transcript of records,” Coloma said.
    “These are practical requirements that add to the employability of job seekers,” he added.
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