State Dining Room, Malacañan Palace
May 18, 2023

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. engaged in a discussion with the Private Sector Advisory Council (PSAC) Job Sector Group in a meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañan Palace.

The Jobs Committee presented its recommendations to accelerate job creation through micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) development, deep-dive on priority sectors and upskilling public-private partnership (PPP).

On MSME Development, special focus will be on PPP of non-agriculture and agriculture enterprises through the Kapatid Angat Lahat Ang Program (KALAP) between the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship-Go Negosyo and concerned government agencies.

A replication of the Big Brother Model into other agricultural commodities across the country was also recommended by the PSAC Jobs Committee.

Taking the cue from President Marcos Jr. who pushed for the recognition and support of nano businesses or the informal business enterprises among his ASEAN counterparts in the recent 42nd ASEAN Summit, the Committee recommended the development and empowerment of the motorcycle nanopreneur, as well as the nationwide expansion of the Motorcycle Micro Business Program via an Executive Order while waiting for the passage of the law. Currently, there are 18 million motorcycle owners in the Philippines.

On Priority Sectors, selected government priorities have been identified and projected to create 4-5 million jobs in the next five (5) years, as well as grow exports. These are manufacturing through an extension of the CARS (Comprehensive Automotive Resurgence Strategy) Program that offers government incentives or fiscal support to participating carmakers in exchange for investments for the production of at least 200,000 units of their enrolled vehicle model within six (6) years; retail that includes food, health, beauty and wellness, professional and non-professional services, and creatives; and, digital such as the Motorcycle Micro Business Program.

The PSAC Jobs Committee sees an opportunity to solve the country’s nursing shortage and make the Philippines as the world’s leading healthcare services hub serving the healthcare needs of Filipinos and the world through an Executive Order for an All-of-Government and All-of-Nation approach.

On Upskilling PPP, the Committee proposed to establish the Private Sector Jobs & Skills Corporation that will serve as the lead organization in coordinating the private sector’s efforts to partner with the government in solving the jobs and skills mismatch problem, one of the major barriers to job creation.

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