College graduate but can’t land a job? Try venturing into MSME—Lacson

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Presidential candidate Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson is aware that every college graduate goes through the struggle of landing their first jobs, so it might be better if some of them would seriously consider starting a business while waiting for regular employment and be their own boss.

Under his potential presidency, Lacson said he will relax restrictions to make state-funded credit facilities for the micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) available for all Filipinos of working age. This way, everyone can contribute towards the growth and recovery of our economy.

“Dapat i-relax ng gobyerno kung talagang gustong tulungan, luwagan, ‘yung ayudang ibibigay sa mga nagsarang MSMEs. Nang sa ganoon, makabalik ‘yung mga nawalan ng trabaho at ‘yung naghahanap ng trabaho na bago pa lang magtatrabaho, mabibigyan ng pagkakataon dahil nabuhay uli ang ating economy,” Lacson said.

[The government should relax (some requirements) if they really want to be of assistance to our MSMEs. By doing so, employees who lost their jobs can go back to work and even those who are looking for their first jobs will be given opportunities to work because the economy is alive again.]

Lacson issued this statement when a fresh graduate named Mateo Dela Cruz approached him during his town hall meeting in Nasugbu, Batangas last Tuesday (May 3). The young man said he is having trouble finding a job because of the burdensome work experience requirements of many companies.

To recall, the veteran statesman earlier urged the government to take a chance on many fresh graduates with employable skills even if they have not yet received their professional licenses or civil service eligibility status.

Lacson expressed this position during a town hall forum in Camarines Norte last March, saying that every Filipino should not be denied an opportunity to work, especially when a number of people lost jobs because a lot of companies were forced to shut down during the height of the pandemic.

The presidential aspirant reiterated that the government earmarked P2-billion fund each for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Land Bank of the Philippines as loan services to stakeholders from the MSMEs to help keep the sector afloat.

“‘Yung mga nagsarang MSMEs pwedeng magkaroon ng oportunidad para bumangon, maski maliit na negosyo. Ang problema ito na naman, implementation. Katakut-takot na requirements na parang ayaw magpautang. Mayroon pang another P2-billion na nakalagak naman sa Land Bank… Ang problema na naman, halos pahirapan sa dami ng regulasyon, overregulated po,” sabi ni Lacson.

[The MSMEs that closed have an opportunity to rise again, even the smallest businesses. The problem once again is implementation. There are so many requirements that it appears they don’t want to lend money. There’s another P2-billion with the Land Bank, too… The problem is there are so many regulations, making things so difficult. It is overregulated.]

Lacson emphasized that under his administration, all state-funded social service programs will reach their intended beneficiaries, in keeping with his campaign promise to improve the lives of Filipinos. He aims to do this through proper implementation of government policies.

“Implementation is key. Nandiyan ang batas, ipinasa na namin ng Kongreso, pero ang implementation lacking, wanting. So, ‘yon, kami limitado kasi legislators—tagagawa lang kami ng batas, pero wala kaming implementing authority. So, kapag kami po ay naluklok, sisiguraduhin po namin ‘yung mga batas na aming ipinasa maiimplementa nang maayos,” Lacson stated.

[Implementation is key. The law is already there, the Congress passed it, but the implementation is lacking, wanting. So, there, we are limited as legislators. We only make the laws, but we don’t have implementing authority. So, if we get elected, we guarantee you that the laws that we passed will be implemented properly.]