Fernando to focus on improving productivity of human resources
By Iris Gonzales
The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate Bayani Fernando of the Bagumbayan political party would focus his efforts on improving productivity of the country’s human resources if he gets elected as the next second highest official of the land.
Fernando, who describes himself as “The Reformer, Performer and Problem Solver,” believes that much of the country’s woes are due to the lack of effective human productivity in the country.
“We will address human resources. That’s where we are failing,” Fernando told editors and reporters of The STAR in a roundtable discussion on his plans for the vice presidency.
Asked about concrete measures, Fernando said he would “put pressure on every Filipino” to be more productive.
Fernando, former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), believes that no president has ever focused yet on improving the productivity of the country’s human resources.
He would also recommend a more practical use of government funds, and even slash funds for infrastructure and focus only on areas that would improve Filipinos’ productivity.
“We can liken ourselves to a businessman who is borrowing money from the bank but is investing on things he does not need,” he said.
On the fiscal side, Fernando said he would not recommend new taxes and would instead push for the improvement of the operations of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC), two of the government’s main revenue agencies.
“I will not push for new taxes but I will push for effective tax collection,” Fernando said.
When asked what he thinks of the government’s labor export policy, Fernando said he would urge overseas Filipinos to come back to the Philippines and work here.
“We can bring back our OFWs if we can improve our productivity,” Fernando said.