April 27, 2010 in Featured
By KABATAAN PARTYLIST
It is graduation time yet again!
To students and their parents, this momentous event is always a cause for celebration. On the students’ part, graduation time marks a stage where they can be compensated after years of laborious studying. To their parents, their graduation can be equally meaningful. It is the time when they can feel proud of their children’s success. It is also a cheerful time for the parents who have been a huge part of their children’s success.
However, behind all these moods of celebration lies a daunting reality every graduate must face after the march and obtain their diploma.
With the present condition of the country, there is no guarantee that this year’s graduates are off to a bright future. The rates of unemployment and underemployment remain high despite hopeful claims being said by running candidates. In the latest statistics released by the National Statistics Office last January showed that the country’s unemployment rate stands at 7.3%, up a little from 7.1%. Meanwhile, the underemployment rate was at 19.7%, slightly above the 19.4% it posted by October last year.
In a related study made by the IBON Foundation, it was found out that seven out of ten graduates will be jobless after they march for graduation. This only means that 70% of the 542,000 estimated graduates of batch 2010 will add up to the already high number of unemployed citizens.
The mushrooming of call centers all over the country does not spell out signs of progress either. Call center agents are still being exploited by the owners of the foreign companies where they are working. These foreign companies employ Filipino workers because of the lower amount of compensation they shell out to them compared to American workers.
In most cases, the call center agents end up being such because of lack of other options. Even if their degrees are not related to the available jobs, most job hunters, out of desperation, take the bait of a job that is quite far from their courses. In reconsideration, this event only implies the purposelessness of taking up a four-year course when in the end one cannot use it for his job.
These painful truths ask for no melodramatic acceptance. In knowing these things, in knowing how our society operates in such a way that even an event that is worth celebrating is being spoiled, we must act accordingly.
To all the graduates of 2010, choose to serve your country by working here, and not abroad. It is now, upon your graduation, that you can do bigger things for your country. Choose to serve the Filipino people and partake in advancing its interests and waging its struggles! # nordis.net