Faced with increasing numbers of unemployed workers, the government is working double time to provide jobs in a bid to boost an economy badly hit since last year by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 420,000 workers lost their jobs in 2020, government statistics revealed.
Cabinet secretary Karlo Nograles said the government aims to provide about 2.4 to 2.8 million jobs this year, and then between one to 1.2 million jobs in 2022 to cut the rate of joblessness due to the pandemic.
Referring to the unemployed sector, Nograles said, “As backbone of our economic activities, it is incumbent upon us to ensure they get the support they will need to be able to recover.”
He added it is for this reason that key government agencies came together for the signing of the joint memorandum circular on the creation of the National Employment Recovery Strategy Task Force, which aims to focus on Trabaho, Negosyo and Kabuhayan initiatives.