Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III lauded the labor groups and labor leaders who participated in the Labor Summit for providing inputs and recommendations on addressing pressing labor and employment issues.
“We welcome and appreciate the efforts and initiatives that the labor groups have put in to come up with their initial proposal,” said Bello.
He added that the Labor Summit will be replicated in the Visayas and Mindanao to gather additional inputs towards the implementation of labor and employment strategies, policies, and programs which are anchored on the eight-point policy agenda of DOLE.
“We will conduct island-wide Labor Summits in the Visayas and Mindanao to ensure that all aspects of the issues are looked into, and no one is marginalized by the decisions that we will make,” said Bello, adding that the Labor Summits in Visayas and Mindanao will be conducted in November.
After the island-wide Labor Summits, a dialogue between representatives from employers and labor groups will be conducted as a final step before the DOLE issues a new Department Order (DO) to replace or amend DO-18A.
Bello said that majority of the groups that attended the Labor Summit are not in favour of “Win Win Strategy” pushed by the employers’ sector on ending contractualization in the country. “About 85 percent are opposed to the proposal. Their position is that it is anti-union and it goes against the right of employees to security of tenure,” he said.
During the Labor Summit, the labor groups provided recommendations/inputs on addressing issues concerning labor rights and standards, migration, women sector, informal sector, industrial policy and economic roadmap, wages, price, and tax reforms.
In his Summit message, Secretary Bello encouraged the labor sector to keep an open mind and not be influenced by past experiences so that they can think of ways to come up with a proposed solution that is acceptable to both labor and management.
“This is because as the workers call for decent standard of living for them and their families, business, on the other hand, should also be allowed to thrive and be allowed reasonable returns on their investment, as the country aspires for economic growth,” Bello said.