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Labor group laments PNoy's silence on employment on his first SONA

July 26, 2010 - Labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) felt frustrated after President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino failed to address employment, other pressing labor issues and promotion of decent work in his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).

"PNoy practically announced no program for employment promotion. It would be a pity if job creation were dependent on public-private-partnership (PPP) alone," FFW spokesperson Julius Cainglet said.

"While PPPs that would be heavy on infrastructure will certainly help in creating jobs, it should not be the employment promotion centerpiece of the Administration," Cainglet added. "He represents so much hope. He should have thought of how to give jobs to millions of ordinary men and women who voted for him and continue to trust him."

But the FFW lauded the commitment for good governance.

"Nonetheless, he gave a clearer picture of how corruption was integrated in the institutions that guard our basic needs such as water, power, food, transportation. Heads should roll and our money should be retrieved," Cainglet added.

"To help regain what we lost in our coffers, bodies that run after smugglers adn tax evaders should get the resources they need," he added.

The much anticipated SONA somehow failed to live up to the hype in general.

"By comparison, the inauguration speech of the President was far more engaging and sounded much better. It raised the bar so much, that the SONA failed to capture our imagination," Cainglet said.

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