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Aquino cites MB classified ads

LOS ANGELES, California – The Philippine economy is on a roll with many job opportunities up for grabs, President Aquino proudly declared in his working visit here.

And to help jobseekers find their ideal employment back home, the President has candidly suggested reading no less than the Manila Bulletin classified ads section.

“Perhaps the best answer is: Look at the classified ads every Sunday of the Manila Bulletin,” the President said in a speech before the Los Angeles World Affairs Council last Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) when asked about the jobs available for Filipinos, including those who want to return back home.

With the job opportunities “increasing” back home, Aquino said companies have posted newspaper advertisements urgently needing skilled Filipino workers.

“I don’t want to praise myself but that is a serious suggestion. Look at it and see how many people are needed for not very menial jobs or very heavy jobs and the demand is again, normally, as ‘very urgent,’ ‘urgent.’ ‘immediate,’ etc. as an indicator of opportunities for you,” Aquino added.

The President shared the country’s success story, from registering strong economic growth to the return of transparency and accountability in government, under his watch.

Aquino said the country’s unemployment has fallen to its lowest rate since he assumed office in 2010. More overseas Filipino workers have also returned to the country due to the improving economic condition.

From 10 million Filipinos working abroad, Aquino said the number has dropped to around 9.4 million. “They didn’t disappear, they went back home or a lot of them did come back home,” Aquino said.

To the Filipino-American who posed the question about job opportunities in the country, Aquino said: “So, can I say that I can guarantee you work personally? I can guarantee you a recommendation letter probably.”

“But the economy definitely is growing, there are so many opportunities, but, of course, it’s a market place, the needs and the skills – the supply and the demand really have to interact whether or not you’ll get the job,” he added.