Malacañang has enumerated the efforts of the government towards improving the welfare of Filipino workers as the country observed Labor Day on Sunday, May 1.
In his regular interview on Radyo ng Bayan, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. commended the Filipino workers for “diligence, determination and courage” to work hard for the welfare of their families and the entire nation.
Coloma noted the Aquino administration has increased its efforts to recognize the role of Filipino workers in society.
“Sa nakalipas na anim na taon ng Aquino administration, mas higit pang pinalawig at pinalakas ang pagbibigay nang natatanging pagkilala, pagpapahalaga at respeto sa mga manggagawang Pilipino para sa kanilang ambag sa lipunan,” said Coloma.
He stressed that the administration has implemented reforms for the labor sector, such as increasing job employment and providing easier ways to find a job.
“Dalawang malaking pagbabago ang tukuyin natin: Una, mas marami ang natulungang magkatrabaho. Pinadali ang paghahanap ng trabaho at direktang tinugunan ang jobs-skills mismatch,” he said.
Coloma cited data from the Department of Labor and Employment, which showed some 6.6 million qualified applicants who got employed from 2011-2016 compared to the 4.72 million from 2005-2010 under the leadership of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
He further emphasized that the administration increased the range for the daily minimum wage of employees from P142-414 during the previous administration to P228-493 under the current government.
Coloma likewise noted the lower number of strikes and labor protest during the Aquino administration and the enhanced representation of workers in Congress.
He also cited the increased efforts being done by the government to protect the vulnerable sectors particularly the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Coloma said some 28,596 OFWs were provided with livelihood assistance by given them free training courses and capital to start a small business.
“Tinitiyak ng pamahalaan na sa nalalabing panahon ng Aquino administration, mas paiigtingin pa ang mga ipinapatupad na programa at mga akmang solusyon upang makapamuhay ng may dignidad ang ating mga manggagawa at maging maaasahang kaanib sa pag-abot ng malawakang pag-unlad,” he said.