MANILA, Philippines – One staple promise every election candidate has made for their constituents is jobs.
Everywhere, there are people looking for jobs. According to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippines’ national unemployment rate stood at 5.4% in July 2019.
While Metro Manila appears to hold the country’s land of promise and prosperity, it continues to have the 3rd highest unemployment rate among the regions with a 6.1% record.
This has led to pressure for Metro Manila mayors to work doubly hard, as this percentage corresponds to hundreds of thousands of people in their population-rich cities.
Rappler compiles employment efforts by the capital region’s mayors as of September 8, 2019.
Manila’s Isko Moreno
Photo from Moreno's Facebook page
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has used a combination of ordinances and partnerships with private companies to lead to more employment.
As he began his term, he called on businesses to employ more Manileños. He has incentivized this by lowering taxes in the city.
He has also had two dinners with the country’s richest, where in both occasions he called for them to invest more in the capital city.
Moreno has also signed two memorandums of agreement with fast-food giants Jollibee and McDonald’s to employ at least 2 senior citizens and 1 person with disability for each of their restaurant branches.
Quezon City’s Joy Belmonte
Photo from Belmonte's Facebook page
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte responded quickly to the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to clear roads of illegal obstructions, illegal vendors included.
But just a week later, she announced the vendors would not lose their livelihood and would instead be registered, complete with employment benefits.
The vendors would also be given identification cards, uniforms, and “affordable or free stalls” care of the local government.
Inside the local government her father used to lead, she said that she would shoot down any attempts of promotion through endorsement letters from padrinos (sponsors).
On Facebook, she also teased of more jobs to come in the country’s biggest city by announcing a meeting with Mercury Drug, the IT-BPO Association, the Philippine Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and the Quezon City Chamber of Commerce on September 3.
Pasig's Vico Sotto
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Even before he was sworn to office, he already announced that the city had vacancies. He said that to be hired, applicants need to at least have competence and integrity – a call that fits his anti-corruption drive.
Since August 2, Vico Sotto's administration has also been regularizing traffic enforcers from its Traffic and Parking Management Office or TPMO.
The end goal is to regularize 641 men and women to stop what Sotto has described was a “notorious” reputation for extortion.
Makati's Abby Binay
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Makati Mayor Abby Binay has also met with McDonald’s, like Manila’s Isko Moreno.
Binay met with McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang on September 3, where according to Binay the fast-food giant was willing to partner with the city for its “work immersion program,” which began in 2017. – Rappler.com