The government scored better in employment generation last year, registering a two-percent growth or 826,000 new jobs in 2018, the labor department said yesterday.
Citing reports of the Philippine Statistics Authority, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the government in fact noted significant improvements in the employment situation last year which registered 41.160 million employed from 40.334 million in the preceding year.
The employment figure is far better than the 38.7 million in 2015, he added.
Available data also showed that during the first six months of the Duterte administration, employment shot up to a dramatic 1.02 million.
According to the same PSA report, employment growth in 2018 was most notable in construction with over 328,000; public administration and defense, compulsory social security at 152,000; manufacturing with 145,000; and administrative and support service activities at over 110,000.
The PSA report also indicated that the agriculture sector suffered the heaviest employment loss for the past two years at 803,000 in 2017 and 260,000 last year due to several typhoons that hit the country.
Employment in the services sector also declined in 2017 (-72,000) due to stricter enforcement of DOLE policy on the prohibition of illegal end-of-contract or “endo” since the issuance of Department Order No. 174, series of 2017. Employment in the sector surged to 610,000 last year.
“We remain steadfast in promoting gainful employment opportunities and ensuring that workers’ rights and welfare are protected,” Bello said.
He added that close to half a million workers employed under the “endo” scheme had been regularized by the end of 2018, with the employers’ voluntary compliance being a major factor, accounting for more than 65 percent of those regularized employees.
He also said employment in industries will continue to improve in the coming months with the government’s aggressive push for the President’s flagship infrastructure-based Build, Build, Build program for inclusive growth.