The newly appointed presidential adviser, who also happens to be a television host, radio jockey and founder of the radio station dzRJ, Ramon Jacinto revealed on his Facebook page that he and President Rodrigo Duterte have agreed upon the subject that the country needs industrialisation to create more jobs.
Considering different aspects to country development and endless hours of discussions have led Duterte and Jacinto to come to a conclusive end and gather hopes from the industrialisation era to support economic growth and facilitate job creation.
Eyeing the business island to be much like Hong Kong or Singapore attracting foreign investments into the country, thus leading to more job creation, Jacinto was quoted saying, “”In this island, the investors can be separate from our ports/customs, corrupt officials, judicial interruptions and poor infrastructure and traffic.”
Meanwhile, Mindanao can expect creation of at least 550,000 additional jobs by 2022 as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in partnership with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), seeks to support the peace building efforts and job creation in areas affected by conflict in the past decades in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). As of April 2016, unemployment in the region stands at 3.9%.
Besides job creation, the Duterte government also plans to push population management measures in the country to pursue a full family planning programme.
Ernesto Pernia, who would soon assume the position of socio-economic planning secretary in the Duterte government, plans to encourage use of birth control pills among Filipinos, by excluding those who have more than three children from the conditional cash-transfer programme.
As per this programme which covers 4.4 million poor families in Philippines and 19 percent of Filipino households, provides support to families of up to 1,400 pesos a month for children education and medical expense management.