Trade dep’t claims to have reached the goal of 1 million recovery blueprint jobs

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The Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) said the target of 1 million jobs set by the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) has been met.

“Based on the last report I received, I know that we have already reached the 1 million jobs (goal) set as the NERS target. Because at the last meeting we were close. As far as I can remember, about 980,000 jobs have already been created,” Secretary of Commerce Ramon M. Lopez said during the 2022 Task Group on Economic Recovery-NERS Labor Day summit on Sunday.

“The bulk of that (was generated by) the construction and IT BPM sectors and now the rebounding tourism and restaurant sectors as we reopen those particular industries,” he added.

According to the President of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Sergio Ortiz-Luis, Jr., the goal of one million jobs has been achieved under the “Reform, Rebound, Recover: One Million Jobs for 2021” program fifirst quarter of this year.

“I am proud to report that this program has created over 600,000 jobs by the end of 2021 and has met the target of 1 million jobs by January 1stSt quarter of this year,” said Mr. Ortiz-Luis.

Secretary of Labor Silvestre H. Bello III said the NERS task force has helped many individuals and entities since the NERS employment agenda was released last June.

“One year after we unveiled our eight-point employment agenda, we are thrilled to report that our combined efforts in the NERS task force have impacted more than 6.5 million individual beneficiaries and more than 270,000 entities in Form of employment relief have helped. Education and livelihood, among other things,” Mr. Bello said.

Meanwhile, Mr Ortiz-Luis said that ECOP, along with other private sector groups and member government agencies of the NERS task force, have renewed their commitment to creating more quality jobs.

He added that the project is now Beyond One Million Jobs: Create. Obtain. transform.”

Private sector groups involved in the project include the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc., the Hotel and Restaurant Association of the Philippines, the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc., the Philippine Hotel Owners Association, the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in the Philippines Foundation, Inc., the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors. Its government partners are the DTI, the Department of Labor and Employment and the Agency for Technical Education and Skills Development.

NERS was created during the pandemic to support the labor market recovery. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave

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