ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 9, 2011) - President Benigno Aquino III remains committed to improving the lives of all Filipinos, especially the poor, through the development of plans and programs that will enhance their skill to become productive members of society.
Socio-economic planning Secretary Cayetano Paderanga, Jr. said this commitment is conceptualized in the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016.
The PDP is anchored on President Benigno S. Aquino III’s 16-point “Social Contract with the Filipino People,” which envisions inclusive growth, or growth that is shared by all, for the country.
Paderanga said during the Pilipinas Natin Forum aired over government radio station on Wednesday that the President wants no Filipino left behind as the country rises to greater heights under his stewardship.
“Nung kampanya pa lang ay mayroon na siyang social contract with the Filipino people. At pinaka-importanteng objective nito ay employment generation, yung pagbibigay ng trabaho sa tao, at poverty reduction,” Paderanga said in a statement.
“At ito ay ginagawa natin through inclusive growth kung saan sama-sama tayong umaasenso lahat at walang maiiwan. Ito’y importanteng objective ng ating administrasyon,” he added.
“Kaya kailangan pati yung mga naiiwan sana, yung mga walang kapasidad na sumama sa karakter ng global growth ngayon, kung saan kailangan ng capital, ay kailangan nating tulungan para madala natin silang lahat,” Paderanga said.
President Aquino had earlier authorized the release of P700-million to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to beef up the agency’s Training for Work Scholarship Program that aims to equip poor but deserving individuals with the necessary skills to qualify for jobs in “in demand” industries.
These industries, according to Paderanga, include business process outsourcing, tourism, agro-industrial processing and infrastructure, among others.