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Prez Duterte calls for legislation to protect workers’ rights amidst Labor Day celebrations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex on April 28, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, May 1, urged Congress to pass a legislation to protect the rights of Filipino workers, particularly on security of tenure andĀ self-organization.

I remain optimistic that one year since I issued Executive Order No. 51, implementing existing constitutional and statutory provisions against illegal contracting, my counterparts in Congress will consider passing much needed legislative measures that will fully protect our workers’ rights, especially to security of tenure and self-organization,” the President said in his Labor Day message.

The Chief Executive finds it unfortunate that the plight of Filipinos, particularly those in other countries, remained the same. He mentioned that, because of this, his administration implemented measures within its powers to afford full protection to labor and promote equal work opportunities for all.

President Duterte also praised the labor force since the strength of the nation always depended on their hard work, grit and perseverance. He added that Filipino workers contribute to building the foundations for the future of the country.

Every year, we set aside this day to celebrate their valuable contributions not only in the struggle to provide a better life for our people, but in building the foundations of a more promising future for succeeding generations of Filipinos,” President Duterte said.

The Chief Executive hopes that the solemn observance of Labor Day will inspire all Filipinos to work together in improving the plight of workers by creating an environment conducive to their personal and professional growth and development.

Today, we celebrate the working class not as a tool of employers and capitalists, but as an essential catalyst for our nation’s overall progress,” President Duterte added.

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