The nationwide gathering of one of the largest groups in the Philippine labor force takes place today for the annual Labor Day Celebration for Workers in the Informal Economy at the IEC3 Convention Center in Cebu City.

Informal sector workers constitute a big portion of the Philippine economy accounting to a total of 15.68 million.

Anchored on the theme “Manggagawa sa Impormal na Sektor, Pagkakaisa Tungo sa Patas at Makabuluhang Pagbabago,” the annual celebration led by the labor department through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission-Workers in the Informal Sector Council (NAPC-WISC), is aimed at giving due recognition to the economic and social contributions of the sector in the Philippine economy.

“This annually held event for informal sector workers is central to identifying and resolving issues and challenges they are facing, thus in sustaining the gains of advancing their welfare and interests,” said BWSC Director Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla.

Activities lined up for this year celebration include presentations on Ease of Doing Business in the Philippines (Selected Dimensions) by ALLWIES; Survey on Cost of doing Business for Micro-Entrepreneurs and Profiling of Informal Economic Units, and on Cost of doing Business for Micro-Entrepreneurs and Profiling of Informal Economic Units by NAPC-WIS.

A video presentation discussing its programs and services for the workers in the informal sector will also be shown by the Pag-Ibig Funds.

Other topics to be presented are the Status of Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy (MACWIE) by the Office of Senator Joel Villanueva; and Occupational Safety and Productivity Enhancement programs implemented by the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) by Deputy Executive Director Jose Maria Batino.

Capping the celebration will be the Awarding of DOLE Livelihood Projects to beneficiaries.

Around 400 participants are expected to gather in this year’s celebration composed of officials and representatives from DOLE and NAPC-WISC; members of DOLE-registered Rural Workers’ Associations; partner agencies and institutions; and persons from the informal economy like ambulant vendors, home-based workers, construction workers, small transport workers, among others.

The annual celebration is provided for under Proclamation No. 1215, series of 1998, declaring May 1 to 7 of Every Year as Linggo ng Paggawa.

END/Tim Laderas

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