Unemployment is one of the worst problems the Philippines has been facing for many years. It is definitely the one reason why many Pinoys are going abroad to work because they can’t find any job opportunities in the country.
Lately, it is good to hear that the Philippines was upgraded by Fitch and Standard & Poor’s into an investment grade. This prompts investors to closely look for any investment opportunities in the country which could translate to more money and businesses going inside our country.
However, these recent developments do not translate easily to more jobs for Filipinos because it may take several years in order for businesses to build their own plant or factory in the Philippines. In addition, due to slow bureaucratic process in the government, many local and foreign businessmen may find it harder to start their own company.
In order to solve the problem of high unemployment, the government and private sectors should devise a realistic plan on how to create more jobs in the country. Some of my thoughts on how to create more jobs for our countrymen are outlined below and hopefully these are good ideas that the authorities can do.
1. Continuously Develop and Improve Tourism
The Philippines is boasting to foreigners many beautiful places in the country. We have the best beaches in the world and we have lot to offer to local and foreign tourists.
Currently, many airline companies are operating 24/7 to fly these tourists anywhere in the country. Moreover, the air fare is not expensive anymore compared before or ten years ago.
More and more people are now planning and considering to travel locally to see the fantastic places in the Philippines. Many hotels and inns are also being built to accommodate the increasing demand.
With this in mind, tourism can bring lots of employment to the local residents. When a tourist destination became popular, hotels, airports and other facilities need to be constructed there which translate to creation of jobs among the local residents.
In addition, tour guides, transportation and food services will be very important when a place become known as a good destination. There are many opportunities behind a well- managed and sustainable tourism.
2. Engage Common People to Entrepreneurship
In order to create more jobs in our country, the government should engage and help common people to entrepreneurship. More businesses established means more jobs for the local people.
We cannot rely on job opportunities abroad because it is not sustainable for long term and too many Filipinos working outside the Philippines is not healthy for the whole country. We should collectively unite and cooperate to create more jobs in our own country.
It is hard for common people to start a business because of lack of knowledge and skills. They find it difficult to raise for a capital because most banks are strict in lending money.
In order to prepare and train our masses to engage in entrepreneurship, our government must provide free trainings and seminars about entrepreneurship across the country going down to the lowest level of the community. A people’s bank can be formed to provide better and lower interest rate for people who want to start a business.
3. Improve Agricultural Technology
A large percentage of our population still depends on agriculture and fisheries. Agriculture is the backbone of a strong country. Without proper and improving technology on agriculture, our food production cannot be secured and will not be sustainable for long term.
Many people are also dependent in agriculture for their employment. If we can improve and create high technology so that the agricultural sector will benefit, more and more jobs can be created each year.
Our farmers and fisherman could expand more their output production and this would translate to increase in manpower needed. If we take a closer look to rich countries in the world, we can see that they have also strong agricultural technology. They do not depend on other countries for their own food because it is very uneconomical and dangerous to welfare of the people and the whole nation.
Creating more jobs should not only be the government’s responsibility but must also be acted upon by the citizen. Our government cannot handle all of these challenges, we must be united to solve any problems that we are facing right now.
In order to create more sustainable jobs, we should upgrade our tourism by building more roads and bridges, train more staffs and guides, secure our tourist destinations against threats and criminals, and expand our airports to accommodate more tourists.
Entrepreneurship should be encourage among the citizen especially to those who are capable and have the resources to start a business. In order to do this, the government should give free trainings and seminars on different types of businesses that a person can venture into. A People’s bank must also be created to provide low-interest loans for those aspiring entrepreneurs.
Lastly, we should focus more on enhancing our agricultural technology so that the Philippines can be a self-sufficient and sustainable in terms of food production. We can create more jobs as long as we are united to carry out all these things.