In today’s news, President on the defensive in Europe on human rights issues; Amnesty objects to Palparan and so Palace may backpedal on his appointment; meanwhile, the Melo Commission has no funding.
Meanwhile, the House catches military spies filming a human rights committee hearing (I have seen military men in civilian clothing documenting, with video cameras, gatherings of the opposition, particularly public protests); Senate calls for Bolante to be extradited and the arrest of the PCGG.
Comelec drops bid for automated poll machines.
Government to take over NAIA3: about time! One of the most depressing things has been to see the facility just rotting away, useless (as OFW in Hong Kong says, it’s a symbol of Philippine inefficiency -and perhaps, the ability of people like Lucio Tan to get what they want, regardless?).
The most interesting story in recent days is this one, from the Philippine Star (does anyone know if they finally have permanent links? If so, I can start linking to the paper on line again):
DOLE: “Hard-to-fill” jobs growing
The Philippine Star 09/11/2006
Hiring a worker seems to be getting as difficult as finding a job.
Records from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) showed there is a steadily increasing number of job vacancies as well as workers seeking employment over the past three years.
Based on the DOLE data, a total of 1.3 million job vacancies nationwide were posted in 2004, up from 1.2 million unfilled positions in 2003. This figure rose to 1.37 million last year.
A total of 1.23 million job applicants registered with the DOLE-Public Employment Offices nationwide in 2003. The number of jobseekers dropped slightly to 1.13 million in 2004 and rose again to 1.14 million in 2005.
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) secretary general Augusto Syjuco said that while there are many job openings, there are not many workers who possess the competencies required to fill these positions.
Syjuco said college-degree courses produce some 350,000 graduates annually and only 20 percent of these graduates find jobs, while vocational training courses produce 1.3 million graduates and the graduates from vocational courses enjoy a 60-percent employment rate.
He also said these figures suggest that employers prefer to hire skilled vocational training graduates over college graduates, who may not have the skills and competencies needed to fill the job openings available.
“The problem lies in the so-called job mismatch, which we in the education and training sector must address quickly,” Syjuco said.
He said the government is now implementing the “ladderized” education program that aims to enable young Filipinos to complete their college education after undergoing vocational training.
Syjuco said that close to 100 institutions nationwide are now offering ladderized education and more schools are expected to provide the same program soon. - Mayen Jaymalin
The story points to something business owners have been complaining about for some time. Even if they have jobs available, it’s increasingly difficult to fill those jobs with qualified people.
Most pathetic government propaganda headline of the month: Nokia CEO calls on PGMA, confirms RP tag as Text Capital of the World
One of my fave columnists, Gail Ilagan, launches a book.
Thaksin doesn’t think a coup will take place.
In the punditocracy, Juan Mercado reveals that Mike Defensor organized a summit of third termers to convince them to support the scrapping of the 2007 elections.
Filipino-American Isabel Ball says government service is deteriorating in places where offices are staffed by Filipinos and Mexicans -because they tend to display the traits that made people like her want to emigrate to America in the first place.
Read why Chicago is so corrupt.
In the blogosphere, ExpecoRants disagrees with columnists.
blurry brain reminds people that Joseph Stiglitz is not anti-globalization, but rather, wants effective globalization. In an earlier entry, he says before anyone comments on the Philippines-Japan Free Trade pact, can anyone say they’ve read the provisions? And he suggests the questions that need to be asked -by the Senate.
Ang Tambayan ni Paeng makes observations about the culture of cheating.
Philippine Politics 04 lists what he says were more reasonable proposals to amend the Constitution.
big mango explains open source software and why it should be promoted.
purple phoenix is confident Allan Peter Cayetano won’t be expelled from the House.
Overseas, Taiwan president may survive People Power (My Liberal Times thinks so, too). See Bunker Chronicles on how the situation in Taipei somewhat resembles Manila. Taiwan Matters thinks the Western media has it wrong.
Jeff Ooey in KL takes a look at Mahathir Mohamad’s political woes. I love the ongoing Mahathir drama, because many in the ruling coalition frankly look to Malaysia’s ruling party as a model for governance!
Singapore Election Watch on official lies.
Sheila Coronel becomes an OFW. She will be terribly missed.