Senator says cash aid should be complemented by job creation

PHILIPPINE STAR/ EDD GUMBAN

THE CHAIR of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs called on government to come up with a job creation program, which will have a more long-term impact than the one-time distribution of cash assistance during lockdowns.

“We need a job recovery strategy, not just a show of sympathy. Ayuda (cash aid) can be more than just a cash dole-out that’s sustainable and more productive,” said Senator Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” R. Marcos in a press release on Tuesday.

She cited that while the country’s 7.7% unemployment rate held steady in June from a 2021 high of 8.8% in February, Ms. Marcos said the lockdowns reimposed last week in various parts of the country may see jobless numbers rise again from the estimated 3.73 million Filipinos at present.

She said jobs that can be offered by government alongside the cash aid include clearing out canals, construction work in public infrastructure projects, and production of road furniture like guideposts and markers.

“These can be done while practicing physical distancing and other health protocols,” said Ms. Marcos. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

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