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Jobless in Pangasinan fewer in July; investors coming

By Danny O Sagun

Lingayen, Pangasinan (5 October) -- Unemployment in Pangasinan went down to 6.7 percent in July from 8.5 percent in January this year, the Pangasinan employment service office (PESO) reported Monday.

With a population of some 2.6 million, the number of jobless persons run to some 174,000.

PESO head Alex Ferrer attributed the decrease to the influx of investors as well as employment agencies scouting for skilled workers from the province.

He likewise credited the Pangulong Gloria Scholarships (PGS) program under the auspices of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for its role in the creation of jobs for Pangasinenses. The trainees have been either absorbed by the industries here and abroad or are now self-employed, Ferrer told the weekly Talakayan sa Kapitolyo at the PDCC function room at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.

Pangasinan was allocated some 10,000 PGS slots. Short term courses included computer programming, welding, commercial cooking and consumer electronics.

The government scholarship program aims to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis that results in the laying off of workers here and abroad.

Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. also bared during the media forum that Jordan is in need of 200 nurses for its hospitals. Qualified applicants are entitled to $600 monthly salary aside from free fare, food and lodging.

"There are good things we are looking forward to," he said as he also announced that an electric vehicle manufacturing plant in interested in putting up a plant here in Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, Espino stressed the importance of statistics in the development and progress of the country. The province joined the whole nation in observing the National Statistics Month. A simple program was held Monday morning during the flag raising ceremony at the Capitol Plaza. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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