Sunday, January 11, 2004


Dear Mouse, It is not the waste material that is secreted by the kidney in vertebrates and is excreted as slightly acid fluid in mammals and semisolid in birds and reptiles,excuse me. It is an acronym for PROTECTIONISM, EXODUS AND EDUCATION. If I pretend to be celebral in this post of mine, indulge me. Tell me mousey, which is more dependent on foreign economies, a country that experiences flow of migrant labor predicated on inability of the nation to create jobs to absorb the ever increasing number that joins the labor force every year or a country that export its labor because of the inability of its educational system to provide the necessary skilled manpower. In 1995, the Relief Nursing ACT expired and so was the recruitment of foreign nurses. The stoppage of hiring of these foreign workers was motivated by protectionism. The issue of foreign nurses (most of them are Filipino nurses ) depriving the locals of employment opportunites was the same concern addressed to by the legislations requiring corporations hiring foreign skilled manpower to pay a fine of $ 500 for each head recruited that would go to funds for education and training of locals for the same skills. The decision to stop hiring foreign nurses created a shortage of these professionals in a matter of three years within its implementation. The subsitution of the health care professionals by the graduates of crash course programs was a failure. After a few years, the need to increase the ratio of patient to professional nurse was made into law and became effective this January 2004. Obviously the labor force protected did not deliver the skills required. Thus, the hiring is so urgent that resident permanency is offered to the nurses as a way of incentives. The same thing happened to tech professionals. The big demand for these techies was not adequately met by the recruitment from abroad. The quota of the working visas allotted for professionals hired was not enough for the IT people. The local labor force was not skilled and educated enough to do the job. In the country where jobs do not require college diploma to be employed, and college education is as expensive as buying a house, many did not bother to go beyond the one year college studies. Their counterparts in Asia however, struggled to have college education and equip themselves with skills that make them globally competitive. China and India may have the tehnical skills that meet the needs of these high tech companies but the Philipines has the manpower that is highly trainable and can speak English the way it should be spoken in America. Two executives, representing the Computer Systems Policy Project, a group of eight chief executives from the nation's biggest information technology companies were short of saying, it’s education stupid. Craig Barrett, head of Santa Clara chipmaker Intel Corp., declared that the world had arrived at a rare "strategic inflection point" where nearly half its population -- living in China, India and Russia -- had been integrated into the global market economy, many of them highly educated workers "who can do just about any job in the world." Fiorina, Chairman of HP warned against the growing protectionist backlash, saying the only alternative to losing jobs overseas was to make a national decision to stay ahead of foreign competitors by improving grade-school education, doubling federal spending on basic research and forming a national broadband policy, as Japan and Korea have done. The benefit of the country from the OFW comes in the form of remittances that admittedly help buoy the economy while the exodus of labor to Asian countries result into higher unemployment rate for the outsourcing country but higher profits for corporations that can generate labor savings from lower wages paid. Labor migration and export of labor, which is bane and which is boon ? The CA t


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