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Kris Aquino is right: tourists mean jobs


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess…” (Deuteronomy 28:63, the Holy Bible).

KRIS AQUINO IS RIGHT, TOURISTS MEAN MORE JOBS: Better employment opportunities, and more regular and stable source of income for Filipinos. These, undeniably, are what fancy beach resorts, like those which can be found in the various islands that make up El Nido in Palawan, have been giving to many of our countrymen, especially the natives and residents of El Nido and its nearby towns of Taytay, San Vicente, and Roxas. 

Because of this, I hope the Aquino government will try to draw in more tourists to places like El Nido and Taytay. In this regard, media personality and presidential sister and probable 2016 presidential candidate Ms. Kris Aquino is absolutely correct, and on the right track. If she can help bring in more tourists, as she said in General Santos City the other day, that will mean more work for our countrymen, and she will certainly be fondly remembered for this.

AYALA-OWNED EL NIDO RESORTS SIMPLY BREATHTAKING: If given the opportunity, Filipinos should aspire to visit the different island resorts in El Nido, especially those owned and operated by Ayala Land Inc. These resorts are bound to take one’s breath away, with world-class amenities and first class facilities, as well as pristine beaches unspoiled by mechanical development, and water that is so clear that one can see the bottom of the sea, even if it is colored blue and green. I can say that El Nido beaches are far better than the beaches of Phuket, Thailand and even of Boracay.

DORONIO, CEBU HOUSE BET, BATS FOR HIGHER WAGES: On the occasion of Labor Day last May 01, 2013, Cebu City North District congressional bet Junex Doronio vowed to press for significant wage increases for ordinary workers, public school teachers, nurses, policemen, soldiers, and other government employees, which he said will be one of his priorities in the event he is elected into the 16th Congress.

At the same time, Doronio, a former president of the Journal Employees Union (JEU), also called for the urgent repeal of Article 106 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which allows contractualization of laborers—or the giving of specific periods during which a laborer can work for his employer—which he said has been abused over time.

He said there is a need to immediately end labor contractualization, describing it as “exploitative and oppressive”. Doronio noted that with the contractualization of labor, only employers stand to benefit because unions and strikes are literally outlawed as workers who work for only five months or less cannot join unions, even as most of them do not have benefits such as PhilHealth and SSS.

“BUSINESSMEN SHOULD MODERATE THEIR GREED”: Doronio said business owners should learn to “moderate their greed for profit” and appreciate that without the workers, no society can be fully developed. “It is hypocritical for this present Aquino administration to announce that the country’s economy has improved, yet the masses, the ordinary workers, teachers, nurses, policemen and soldiers, cannot say that the quality of their living conditions has also improved,” Doronio said.

Doronio cited a recent study conducted by the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research, in which it was found that a family spends an average of P10,850 monthly for food and non-food requirements, such as rent, electricity, water, transportation, toiletries and mobile phone load.

Doronio said if elected, he would file bills that will ensure full employment without age or gender discrimination, as well as scholarship programs, skills training and talent development for the youth, healthcare for all, affordable and decent housing projects, and support for the micro, small and medium enterprises.

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By Atty. Batas Mauricio

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