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On Sunday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. committed to putting Filipino workers’ welfare first by giving them the necessary chances to realize their full potential.

“Asahan po ninyo na may kailanman magpapabaya ang inyong pamahalaan sa larangan ng paggawa at empleyo, except in light of the ilalim ng an aking pamamalakad. During the 121st Labor Day celebration at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, the President said, “You can expect that your government will never neglect the field of labor and employment, especially under my administration.

“As President, I pledge that protecting Filipino workers will remain a top priority for my administration,” the speaker said.

Marcos gave government organizations the go-ahead to keep refining their different programs to maintain access to employment and boost workers’ employability and output.

“I therefore enjoin all relevant agencies, especially DOLE [Department of Labor and Employment], to remain committed to the delivery of good employment programs and the cultivation of the workers’ knowledge and skills,” the President said. “Kaya inaatasan ko ang lahat ng mga kaugnay na ahensya, lalong-lalo na ang DOLE.”

The President attended the event and stopped by the stalls of the 130 vendors and 65 businesses participating in the “Kadiwa ng Pangulo (KNP) para sa mga Manggagawa.”

As part of the ongoing national development of Kadiwa centers, Marcos introduced the “KNP Para sa Manggagawa” in March at the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines headquarters in Quezon City.

The program aims to give Filipino farmers, fishermen, and micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs) a platform to increase income through direct farm-to-consumer trading.

The 300 Kadiwa centers across the country work to maintain a steady supply of food and other necessities in places where disadvantaged people reside.

housing and financial support

Marcos ceremoniously distributed PHP162.23 million in DOLE aid packages to 20,165 individuals in the National Capital Region.

The DOLE is managing salaries and livelihood project distribution totaling PHP1.29 billion to 229,823 qualified beneficiaries nationwide.

The DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, the Government Internship Program, and the Special Program for Employment Students are among the initiatives supporting workers.

Following Marcos’ drawing of their names in a raffle for the house and lot packages, five recipients of government assistance were able to realize their dreams.

The DOLE recipients Cipriano Basalio, Ana Lara, May Justine Villarin, Heda Villada, and Deborah Romero were the ones the President chose.

The President gave each person a symbolic key to the socialized house and lot packages.

MSME support and development initiatives

Two Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and two Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) between DOLE and government agencies were ceremonially signed during the occasion, which Marcos attended.

In accordance with the agreement on increasing job opportunities, DOLE will sign an MOU with the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development for the Pambansang Pabahay para sa Pilipino Housing (4PH) Program, focusing in particular on the development of desperately needed skilled workers for the 4PH program.

On the other hand, the MOU on the Kadiwa ng Pangulo program involves collaboration between DOLE, the Departments of Agriculture, Trade and Industry (DTI), Social Welfare and Development, and the Interior and Local Government, and it specifies the roles and responsibilities of the concerned departments in the conduct of the program.

The proposed MOU also involves all local government entities in selecting and setting up program venues.

The DOLE has recommended working with the DTI to provide productivity orientation, training, and technical help to MSMEs under the terms of the MOA on enterprise development and livelihood aid.

The agreement aims to perform joint actions in connection with the advocacy and training initiatives on business development, livelihood support, productivity enhancement, and other capacity development for MSMEs.

The MOA on Promoting Industrial Peace in Special Economic Zones seeks to improve inter-agency coordination on labor and employment issues in ecozones, particularly in labor education, employment facilitation, dispute prevention and settlement, and compliance with labor laws, social legislation, and occupational safety and health.

The President also went on a tour of the Job, Livelihood, and Business Fair, which featured 125 firms and 12,951 open positions in the region.

In addition to the SMX Convention Center, the Labor Department held concurrent job fairs at 38 locations across the country, with 678 participating firms advertising 59,354 local job openings.

The job fairs featured employers from the following sectors: manufacturing, financial and insurance, manpower services, sales and marketing, and business process outsourcing.

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