Chiz urges gov’t to use P1.8T BBB funds to generate jobs to aid post-pandemic recovery

Chiz urges gov’t to use P1.8T BBB funds to generate jobs to aid post-pandemic recovery

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Senatorial aspirant and incumbent Sorsogon Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero is urging the national government to set a higher target for job creation through its Build, Build, Build program, which received a massive P1.18 trillion budget this year, almost a quarter of the P5.04 trillion national budget.

The amount, Escudero pointed out, is equivalent to 5.3% of the Philippines’ gross domestic product (GDP) and should be used to drive economic activity that will assist in the country’s post-pandemic recovery.

“Even as we continue to battle COVID-19, we are marching forward with the full intent of reenergizing the economy, boosting consumption, and promoting investment. The government is the country’s biggest employer, and it can find ways to create more jobs this year through its Build, Build, Build campaign,” Escudero said.

(ai/mtvn)

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