MANILA, March 23, 2014— A Catholic bishop called on the government to provide more job opportunities for the unemployed, especially for fresh college graduates.
San Jose Bishop Roberto Mallari said, thousands of college students graduate each year, but many of them remain jobless.
“I really hope our government agencies will give our newly graduates opportunities,” said Mallari, vice chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Youth.
“Addressing the unemployment problem should be one of the priorities of the government,” he said.
He also lamented the lack of job opportunities with many college graduates forced to take jobs not related to their courses.
College education is a huge achievement for students and providing them with decent jobs will be a good “graduation gift”, the bishop added.
“While we are happy that we have students about to graduate, at the same time, we are sad because we know that most of them won’t be able to find work,” Mallari said.
Some 700,000 students are expected to complete their studies these coming weeks, joining the country’s 39.41 million labor force, including the 2.96 million jobless Filipinos. (CBCPNews)