Aquino vows to increase job opportunities as population to hit 100-M mark

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said his administration is working to enhance employment opportunities for Filipinos by focusing on education.

The President made the statement when asked by high school students from Miriam College on what his administration could do as the country's population continues to grow and could even hit 100 million this year.

"We believe education is the key, give everyone a chance to learn skills that are employable," he said.

He said that while the economy is growing by seven percent a year, "we want the growth to be inclusive."

The President said that under his administration, the Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has improved its batting average of graduates finding work.

While only 20 to 26 percent of Tesda graduates had managed to find jobs in past years, this jumped to 62 percent last year.

He noted 85 percent of graduates found jobs in the semiconductor industry while 77 percent found jobs in the Business Process Outsourcing industry.

Also, the President said his administration is trying to reach out to nomadic groups as well, putting teachers in areas where such groups are situated.

The Commission on Population earlier said that the Philippine population could reach more than 100 million by third or fourth quarter of this year.

The National Statistical Coordination Board projected the country's population at 97.35 million in 2013. (SDR/Sunnex)

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