The Department of Labor and Employment through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission-Workers in the Informal Sector Council (NAPC-WISC) are set to commemorate the 6th nationwide Workers in the Informal Economy Labor Day on May 6 at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III expressed DOLE’s support in promoting the welfare of workers in the informal economy and emphasized the importance of helping them transition from informal to formal economy.
With the theme, “Boses, Pagkilala at Pakikilahok sa Pamamahala Tungo sa Matatag na Negosyo at Kabuhayan,” BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Satumba said that the event aims to give due recognition to the economic and social contributions of the workers in the informal economy.
It also aims to orient participants on the scope of informal economy; apprise the sector on the recent developments on the advocacy and activities spearheaded by various government agencies; and identify issues and challenges encountered by informal economy workers at the local level.
Labor Secretary Bello, on behalf of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, will deliver the keynote message, to be followed by the awarding of DOLE’s Kabuhayan and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) assistance to beneficiaries.
A validation and consultation workshop is scheduled to be led by NAPC-WISC. The workshop aims to identify the root causes of informality in economic units and its workers, thereby helping the government in addressing the root causes of informality.
Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod will also present the DOLE’s accomplishments and plans for transitioning workers from the informal economy to the formal economy.
BWSC Director Satumba said that around 1,000 participants are expected to attend the one-day event composed of representatives from DOLE, NAPC-WISC, DOLE-registered Rural Workers’ Associations, partner-agencies, local government units, and workers in the informal economy like home-based workers, non-corporate construction workers, vendors, and small transport workers, among others.
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1215, the country is commemorating May 1 to 7 every year as Linggo ng Paggawa, with May 6 especially celebrated for the informal sector workers.