Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre Bello III vowed to fully enforce labor standards and protect the workers’ fundamental rights, foremost of which is the eradication of ‘endo’ and other forms of illegal contractualization.

Speaking at the 83rd Foundation Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment yesterday at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City, Bello also guaranteed strengthened protection and security of overseas Filipino workers.

“While it is our desire to eventually bring them  [OFWs] all back home and be with their families by providing job opportunities locally, we will remain steadfast in ensuring that their dignity as Filipinos are protected while on foreign soil,” the Secretary said.

Bello also acknowledged the DOLE’s tripartite partners for their contribution to sound industrial climate, and called for the protection of investors and employers who continue to contribute to the creation of jobs across industries.

“We thank our employers and investors for their important contributions to the Philippine economy, and for continuing to provide employment to millions of Filipinos. They are the indispensable partners of DOLE, Bello said.

The DOLE Secretary said one of the goals of the government is to create an environment that will attract more investors, as well as inspire those who are already here to expand their businesses and provide more jobs.

“This is necessary in order for us to attain the 7.5 million jobs that the Duterte administration has promised to create during the term of President Digong,” Bello said.

Bello also reiterated before the DOLE employees and tripartite partners that consistent with the vow of President Duterte to bring the back the trust and confidence of the Filipino people for the government, DOLE is firm with its goal to make the Department an honest, efficient, responsive and caring institution. He enjoined the DOLE employees to be “exemplars of good public servants”.

“As we march onwards, I call on all officials and co-workers in the Department to serve the Filipino people, for labor and employment reforms, for the protection of the rights and dignity of the Filipino workers, and for the continued confidence of our investors in the Philippines, Bello said.  # # # GSR

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