Unemployment down to 5.2 percent

LINGAYEN—Unemployment rate in Pangasinan has dropped from 6.8 percent in 2018 to 5.2 percent in January this year.

 According to Gov. Amado Espino III in his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Thursday before the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), the latest Labor Force Survey in the province conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed the 5.2 percent drop in unemployment rate is the lowest rate so far registered by the province in 15 years.  

“We will continue to exert efforts so that all Pangasinenses will have their own stable jobs to sustain their needs and their families,” Espino added. 

He paid tribute to the Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) that conducted 63 job fairs from 2016 to March 2019 and enabled qualified jobseekers to find jobs locally and abroad.

The Mobile Job Fairs conducted in 24 towns in six congressional districts of Pangasinan by PESO enabled 500 Pangasinenses to find jobs in some local firms and in Manila.

Workers who had no skills to qualify them for employment were trained under the Mobile Skills Training Project (MSTP), in coordination with the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) and the Local Government Units.

Training was provided for carpentry, masonry, electrical procedures, title setting and soft skills like cookery, all certified by TESDA, which they can use in applying for jobs locally and abroad.

After their training, they were given hands tools for free.

The Provincial Population, Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office has provided P69.05 million livelihood loans to 15,050 members of cooperatives and associations to finance their respective livelihood projects. (Leonardo Micua)           

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