IBON low job figures impossible

January 26, 2019
Salvador Panelo
Salvador Panelo

MALACAÑANG described as “mathematically impossible” the figures released by IBON Foundation allegedly showing the government only produced 81,000 jobs in 2018.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo disputed this claim, citing data from key government agencies concerned on employment.

“According to both the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the government generated 826,000 jobs for the country in 2018 alone,” Panelo said.

“IBON Foundation’s claim that the average annual job creation under the Duterte Administration equates to only 81,000 is thus mathematically impossible,” he added.

The Palace official said that “the employment rate under the Duterte administration remains very good registering as high as 95.3 percent in October 2016 to a low of 93.4 percent in January 2017, as per data from the PSA.”

IBON, however, disputed the government’s figure.

“The economic managers hailed 825,000 new jobs created in 2018 and unemployment falling by 140,000 bringing the unemployment rate down to 5.3 percent. Unfortunately, these do not tell the whole story,” said IBON Foundation Executive Director Jose Enrique Africa.

“The Duterte administration has actually created just an average of 81,000 jobs annually with 43.5 million jobs in 2018 compared to 43.4 million in 2016. This is because the economy lost a huge 663,000 jobs in 2017, which was the biggest contraction in employment in 20 years or since 1997,” Africa added.

Panelo refused to accept IBON’s explanation.