The problem of unemployment

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Friday, February 8, 2013


THE country is growing. It is true but it is not growing because of better leadership or whatever by the present administration, but growing fast because of the number of new Filipinos.

Birth control seems to have failed and needless to say, the number of people added to our population keeps on rising. It is beyond control although some effects may have taken place in the past years. Anywhere you go in the country, more people are going around, majority of them have no jobs. As a result, there is extreme hunger in many homes especially in the countryside.

The government is busy with other matters like establishing new projects to improve the lifestyle of the people, constructions of roads and bridges and many more but it never had embarked on new ideas to create jobs for people. This scenario existed many years ago and remained a problem until now. Some of us are lucky to go to foreign lands where we find comfort and income but this represents the few while majority of us back home continue to suffer in existence without income. Leaders come and go, debating, talking, fighting, vacationing and many things that have no relation with hardships.

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The Philippines is not like other countries in the world where unemployed citizens get some kind of help from their governments. They are accorded with free medical, dental, hospitalization, food and even shelter. When one is jobless for some reasons and he reaches the age of 65, there is a welfare program of the government that allows them a monthly pension enough to sustain their daily needs. These things are strange in the Philippines. When one is poor, he has to provide himself with food, shelter and medicines until the day he dies.

Population in the country continues to skyrocket and will go on forever. And without employment, poverty will certainly rule in the lives of people. There is no more land for them to cultivate and competition in everything makes it even harder.

Judging at our situation, it is easy to predict that in the coming years, there will surely be people dying of hunger in the streets. No food to eat. No medicine and doctor to run to. Just nothing but death. This is just horrible. And it seems the government is not prepared to meet this difficulty in life. Right now everything looks normal.

I wish our leaders think of the future of our country. They should study new things that can sustain life say 10 to 20 years from now. We need industrializations of foreign investors and introductions of new system to increase production in factories or yields in agricultural ventures.

Leaders should refrain from engaging in too much bickering and laziness.
Now is the best time to study the situation of our future, it should be now, not tomorrow. We should learn the system of foreign governments that made them progressive and successful.

We must invite investors from Europe, America, the Middle East and from Asian countries. We must learn their style of existence. We must teach our youngsters the things to improve people, the need to improve all sources of income. We can improve our method of fishing for us to export the product of the high seas. Improve our agriculture, lumber, factories and everything.

Right now we have people who are good in making guns but we send them to jail. Why not develop them into a giant gun manufacturing firm and export guns to other countries?

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 09, 2013.

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