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The government is diligently improving the lives of Filipinos.

On Monday, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. stated that the government is “working conscientiously” to give possibilities that will improve the social and economic circumstances of Filipino workers and their families.

As the country observes Labor Day, Marcos paid homage to the workers by calling them “essential to the sustenance of our soaring economy.”

Because of this, Marcos added, “We work hard to address the needs and worries of our employees and to give them better opportunities so that they are equipped to their full potential as active participants in nation-building.”

He continued, “I praise our employees for their unflinching commitment and sacrifice in their different sectors and for their tremendous contribution to our country’s progress on behalf of our thankful Filipino people.

To guarantee the sustainability of jobs, secure the livelihood of workers, and maintain the productivity of the Philippine economy, the president asked the private sector to collaborate with the government in “building on the gains” of good governance and labor reform programs.

“I am confident that we can usher in a more equitable and prosperous future for all if we all band together and work together with renewed hope, vigor, and enthusiasm in our respective fields, industries, and endeavors,” Marcos remarked.

Filipinos are top-notch workers.

Amenah Pangandaman, secretary of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), for her part, emphasized the importance of Filipino workers, both at home and abroad, in assuring the growth of the economy.

“Today, we salute and recognize your significant contributions to our country’s stability and well-being. We have repeatedly shown that our commitment to quality is what sets Filipino workers apart from the competition, she added in a statement.

Pangandaman mentioned the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers program’s assistance payments as one of the events the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has planned to improve workers’ welfare.

She said that DOLE carries out the Government Internship Program and the Special Program for Student Employment.

These are a huge help to our kababayans, as she put it.

In the 2023 national budget, she claimed, the current administration “has infused social protection programs, mostly for the targeted vulnerable sectors of society.”

She declared that doing this “is our commitment to achieve our eight-point Socioeconomic Agenda.”

“Be confident that DBM will make an effort to promote initiatives that will improve the welfare of our workforce. We won’t leave you behind, she replied, adding, “Hindi po namin kayo pababayaan.”

“Let our shared resolve this Labor Day in 2023 be to give every Filipino family a fighting chance to live a decent and prosperous life.”

a pillar of the economy

Martin Romualdez, the speaker of the house, mentioned the laborers from the Philippines in another statement.

“Our employees are the foundation of their families and the country’s economy and society. If not for their persistent work, the economy would not be functioning, he claimed.

According to him, the House of Representatives would always make it a point to address the workforce’s concerns with “measures that protect their rights, promote their welfare, and preserve their jobs and incomes.”

He claimed that recently passed legislation, such as the liberalization revisions to the Public Service Act, Retail Trade Law, and Foreign Investments Act, aims to stimulate economic growth and the investment climate in the nation.

“The investment-diplomatic missions of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his economic team, joined by a small group of House members, are all aimed at sustaining economic growth,” the speaker declared.

“Our workers’ jobs and incomes are not only preserved if we can keep the economy on a high growth path, but we also expand economic opportunities for them, their families, and our people in general.”

Pay raise

The Senate reaffirmed its resolve to support measures that will develop and protect workers’ interests, notably in pay increases.

According to Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri, he will advocate for Senate Bill No. 2002, also known as the Across-the-Board Wage Rise Act, which calls for a salary rise of at least PHP150 in the private sector.

I stand with all our employees in the struggle for good benefits, livable salaries, and equitable working conditions on this Labor Day. This is especially important because rising prices for commodities and utilities have become so severe that even working a full-time job is no longer sufficient to meet the demands of one’s family, according to Zubiri.

In another statement, Senator Raffy Tulfo said that the Committee on Labor will begin debating Senate Resolution No. 476, which requests a review of current pay rise practices, on May 10.

Resource persons from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, and Department of Trade and Industry will be invited.

According to research, a family of five needs at least PHP1,161 per day to survive, significantly more than the PHP570 per day average now being paid in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Regarding non-agricultural salaries, the NCR has the highest rate, while the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has the lowest rate at PHP316.

Fidel Nograles, a representative from Rizal’s 4th District and the chair of the House Committee on Labor and Employment, also committed to fighting for workers’ rights.

As we work to recover from the devastating blow the pandemic dealt, Nograles assured the populace, “We will continue to fight for workers’ welfare through significant legislation and by cooperating with the government, businesses, and workers themselves.”

Despite calls for the minimum wage to be raised, he urged patience.

The pinagmumulan of the panawagang is this: “Naiintindihan natin. We recognize the motivation behind this call. Ngunit kailangan din nating balansehin ang interes ng iba pang. But we also need to strike a balance concerning other stakeholders’ interests. He remarked that we cannot hasten our consideration of such a significant matter.

In light of the ongoing examination of the proposed wage increase, he stressed the significance of other initiatives to assist workers.

Nograles claimed that DOLE’s decision to provide employees PHP1.8 billion in financial aid will be very helpful “while we study the permanent solution.”

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