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The Year of Rooster is done and the lucky and unlucky events of the year that was are now part of history – the Filipinos should learn lessons.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reported 5% unemployment, 95% employment and 15.9% underemployment rates in October 2017. But, IBON said however that there were 134,000 jobs lost and 148,000 more unemployed this year compared to the same period last year, although the number of underemployed declined by 893,000.

The employment rate could also be distorted considering government labor force definitions discount some 2-3 million workers not in the labor force. The agriculture sector suffered 1.4 million in job losses which primarily contributed to the rise in the number of unemployed in October 2017. IBON noted that in the same period in the past five years, agriculture jobs have been declining, except for a slight uptick in 2016. Those employed in the sector decreased from 12.1 million in 2013, to 11.8 million in 2015; to 10.4 million this year.

Neoliberal policy of the government is to be blame.

Statistics has it, that is why perhaps Agriculture Secretary Mannyy Piñol has ventured into suggesting to incorporate corn as a staple food for the Filipinos – as an addition to our “Pambansang Kanin” in order to create a domestic demand to the corn industry, while Senator Cynthia A. Villar is against serving additional rice in restaurants and fastfood chains.

Funny, these politicians talked and sounded like a licensed “dieticians.”

Their political paranoia was hyped by the mainstream media, like what the have done on the Denvaxia vaccine fiasco, rather than protesting the sad economic plight of the 1.4 million warm bodies who were thrown into joblessness – they opted to grandstand on the controversial dengue vaccine.

These are just the unlucky events in the Year of the Roster that has unfolded aside from the accrued collateral damages on the war on drugs and the PhP6.4 Billion shabu smuggling that went through to the Bureau of Customs unnoticed.

Dante Jimenez, Senator Richard Gordon, Senator Cynthia A. Villar and Secretary Manny Piñol never initiated a press conference or a committee hearing in the Senate to inquire what happen to the country’s agriculture sector.

The Year of the Dog will usher in and the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion [TRAIN] is coming. The “chase-proneness” characteristic of a dog, is among the unlucky traits of this eleventh character in the Chinese calendar – it might bring conflict due to personal interest on “bones”.

The train in Emily Dickenson’s poem was figuratively written “I like to see it lap the miles, and lick the valleys up, and then prodigious, step.

It will arrive punctually in 2018 in the forms of bills on electricity, water, fare, beverages.

They lower the personal income tax returns, but the government has raised the tax on fuels.


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