Rise of the disabled working-age population

THE Population and Development Commission (PopCom) highlighted the important role of a robust working-age population in achieving socio-economic development through a state of demographic dividend, with a 64% ratio of Filipinos in working age in 2020.

The PopCom referred to the latest labor force survey from the Philippine Statistics Authority, which indicates a continued increase in the employment rate to 94.8% in July 2022, estimated at 47.39 million people employed. , compared to 41.67 million in the same period in 2021.

During the seventh edition of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific-Social Development Committee earlier this month, the Executive Director responsible for PopCom (OIC-ED), Lolito Tacardon, said that the growing proportion of the Philippines’ working age aligned with President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s goal of jump-starting job creation and poverty reduction.

“In the medium term, the agenda will focus on creating more [secured jobs] and social protection and the maintenance of an adequate and productive workforce… Retooling and reskilling, as well as the establishment of effective employment facilitation processes to increase the employability of job seekers. employment, will be strategically pursued,” Tacardon added.

He said the economy could be brought back to a high growth trajectory and economic transformation for a prosperous, inclusive and resilient society.

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He pointed out how the quality of Filipino human resources would improve with intensified measures such as the Universal Health Care Act and the upgrading of the educational curriculum to suit the digital revolution.

Social protection of workers is also among the core functions to support poverty reduction and strengthen investments in human capital, including the adoption of the national identification system that will make service delivery more efficient through digitalization.

As a major source of healthcare workers globally, Tacardon assured that the national government is making efforts to improve the status, welfare, protection and benefits of Filipino professionals through mutual agreements with other countries.

Similarly, the PopCom OIC-ED also stated that efforts are being made by the national government to address constraints in food, energy, transport and logistics to provide affordable and accessible supply of goods and services to all Filipinos.

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