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Spain Grants USD6 Million To Create More Job Openings in the Country

Date Posted: Jun 24, 2009

The Spanish government wants to help the increase employment and improve the decency of living in the country by launching a program called Joint Programme on Alternatives to Migration: Decent Jobs for Filipino Youth. This program that is worth USD6 million or Php0.289 billion aims to encourage our young citizens to work within the country’s borders.


This project is in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals of eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality and developing global partnership for development.


The three-year program covers the 10,000 poor and vulnerable young men and women ages 15 to 24 years old living in the four southernmost provinces of Antique, Agusan del Sur, Maguindanao and Masbate.


 “The said program is expected to reduce the number of Filipinos migrating abroad and outside the provinces as an option for employment,” Department of Labor and Employment Marianito Roque says.


However Roque clears that there is no specific numbers or target, saying that “any portion at all of the population who choose not to work abroad is okay. The program doesn’t aim to minimize out migration by itself.”


Secretary Roque added that the said program does not aim to create jobs within the chosen provinces but “only to give the youth the opportunity to be able to seek employment within the .”


He cited that the program chose the 15-24 year old bracket because they form 57 percent of the labor force, 49.2 percent of them are unemployed. Among the unemployed, 35 percent leaves to work abroad.


The program signing was held last June 22. During the event, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Vanessa Tobin, said that the labor department data “is not surprising as there is an exodus of young people searching for a source of income.”

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