CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, January 23 (PIA) – More factories will open and more job opportunities will pour in. But, is the youth ready for the employment boom? This was the question raised by Liberal Party senatorial candidate Benigno “Bam” Aquino when he visited recently hundreds of students of Bataan Peninsula State University in Balanga City for a youth forum.
Anchoring on the biggest voting power in the country, Aquino said that studies show the Philippines will be number one in the business process outsourcing industry in the next two to three years, surpassing India.
“A lot of factories will open and jobs will come. The question is: Is the community ready? Are the students ready?” he said.
The thriving Freeport Area of Bataan which houses over 60 international and local companies will also be a goldmine of jobs that must be met with a skilled workforce and a “level playing field” of clean government, Aquino added.
With this prospect of employment boom, the former National Youth Commission chair shared to the students that he aims on legislating laws that will streamline education-to-employment among schools and universities, and create a support services system which caters to all the needs of graduating students.
Support services include the construction of training centers, provision of capital assistance to people who want to enter business, and linkage with enterprises and companies that will provide quality and cheap goods or services.
“We will link work with the youth. The graduates of vocational courses, high school and tertiary must have a job waiting for them when they leave their learning institutions,” said Aquino.
Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III said closer attention to the youth is critical as their concerted actions will bring a “big impact” to the country’s growth.
“We appreciate that Sir Bam has seen the major concern for students which is employment. We are the next leaders so if someone helps us to be better, we can be of help to the country,” said Christine Triguero, 3rd year Accountancy student.
In the last May 2010 elections, almost 60 percent of the 38 million voters were aged 40 years old and below. (JMG/PIA 3, Bataan)