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Government on track with improvements in employment, inflation, hunger rates – solons

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Government on track with improvements in employment, inflation, hunger rates � solons
A tug boat sails along the Pasig river before high-rise buildings of the Makati business district in Manila on May 29, 2022.
AFP / Maria Tan

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers from both chambers of Congress said the Philippines is so far standing its ground against global economic challenges as evidenced by better employment rate, economic growth and tamed inflation.

Aklan 2nd District Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. noted that not only did the employment rate soar to 95.8% — the highest in 18 years — but the Philippine economy also posted a 5.9% GDP growth in the third quarter, the strongest among major Asian economies.

Haresco, a member of the House Economic Affairs Committee, said that inflation had also cooled down from 4.9% in October to 4.1% in November, while unemployment declined from 4.5% last year to 4.2% this year. 

A Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll also showed overall hunger fell from 10.8% in June to 7.7% in September, the lawmaker added.

“These are the unmistakable fruits of government policies to boost employment, spur economic growth and tame inflation,” said Haresco Jr, also a member of the House Labor and Employment Committee.

Even as Filipinos reel from global economic challenges, lawmakers from both chambers of Congress said the Marcos administration’s programs has effectively averted further crisis by boosting employment, spurring economic growth and taming inflation.

Likewise, Sen. Francis Tolentino said that the latest employment figures released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) have also proven that the Malacanang’s initiatives are capable of ensuring a steady generation of quality jobs.

Accelerated government spending not only created jobs but also stimulated economies of where infrastructure projects are being built, said Tolentino, a member of the Senate Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development Committee.

“These new public works are key to attracting investments and increasing productivity which in turn generate employment and taxes which in turn fund more infra construction,” Tolentino said.

“This is the virtuous cycle in fiscal management the government has been practicing. Build Better More is also a jobs program.”

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