Support for Aquino's labor and employment agenda continues to pour

July 25, 2010 10:32 pm 

MANILA, July 25 — Labor and management continue to express their support to the platform and policy pronouncements on labor and employment of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Sunday said.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said the DOLE partners from the labor and employment sectors continue to affirm their support to the President’s labor and employment agenda which contains programs and policies that the government will pursue for the advancement of interests of Filipino workers.

The agenda’s overarching goal is to invest in the country’s top resource, the human resource, to make Filipinos more competitive and employable. The agenda also highlights promoting industrial peace based on social justice.

Baldoz cited the Trade and Union and Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the country’s largest labor group, which declared that its members and affiliate groups share the goal of the new administration on labor and employment.

In its statement, TUCP committed to support the reforms that the new administration will pursue in partnership with DOLE, particularly in ensuring a stable industrial climate and in efforts to improve the life of every Filipino.

The Federation of Free Workers, meanwhile, vowed to be an active partner of DOLE in the promotion of welfare of the Filipino workers and their families.

The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), on the other hand, said that the employers’ group is looking forward to collaborate with the DOLE in the implementation of policy reforms that will portend not only for the labor and employer sectors, but to the whole country as well.

The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCII) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) also indicated their willingness to cooperate with the government, particularly with the DOLE, in pursuing advocacies and projects for the well-being of the people.

Other labor and management groups that have expressed support to the agenda are the International Maritime Employers Committee Ltd., (IMEC), Federated Association of Manpower Exporters, Inc (FEDAMANEX), Metrobank Foundation, Philippine Jaycee Senate and Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA).

Some lawmakers, prominent government officials, and diplomats have likewise expressed their support including former Senator Loi Estrada, former Speaker of the House Rep. Prospero Nograles, Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, Ateneo de Manila University president the Rev. Bienvenido F. Nebres, United Nations Resident Coordinator Jacqueline Badcock and Ambassadors Harry K. Thomas Jr. of the United States, Juerg Casserni of the Swiss Confederation and AbdullahI Al Hassan of Saudi Arabia.

Baldoz thanked the social partners, saying their expression of support signals their recognition of the need to collectively work together to enable the country achieve progress. (PNA) LOR/pr/rsm

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