‘Balik Probinsya’ program to boost employment in Bataan — solon

BALANGA CITY — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s ‘Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa’ program is expected to further boost employment in Bataan, according to 2nd District Representative Jose Enrique Garcia III.

The solon underscored that locators will benefit the most from the program as it eyes to increase work force supply in the provinces. 

“With the program, I think it will increase the manpower or laborers here in Bataan, and it will help our locators as they can provide employment especially for those who don’t have decent jobs in Manila,” Garcia explained today during a virtual press conference with local media. 

He also stressed that it will resolve issues of locators who were forced to hire workers outside Central Luzon, even outsourcing in the Visayas regions, due to insufficient labor force in the province. 

With more than 40,000 workers in the Freeport of Bataan alone, Garcia projected that locators can generate more employment for Bataeños.  

“I think this will be another way for our locators to expand, especially in FAB, because we will have enough supply of manpower for them,” Garcia added. 

Duterte signed Wednesday Executive Order No. 114 institutionalizing the ‘Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa’ program to decongest the National Capital Region and to promote direct growth to key centers throughout the country. 

Moreover, the executive order, which takes effect immediately, seeks to “ensure balanced regional development and equitable distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities through policies and programs that boost countryside development and inclusive growth, provide adequate social services, and promote full employment, industrialization and an improved quality of life in rural areas.”

Among other its key areas are empowerment of local industries; food security and agricultural productivity; social welfare, health and employment; and development of infrastructure. (CLJD/MJSD-PIA 3)