President Rodrigo Roa Duterte reaffirmed his vows to end “endo” and other unfair labor practices, and reiterated his commitment to advance workers’ interests, as he led the observance of the Labor Day at People’s Park in Davao City.

“I stand firm in my conviction to end endo. The Labor Code guarantees all workers of their rights to security of tenure. This has to be strictly enforced. To this end, I will issue an executive order directing the strict implementation of existing provisions of laws against endo and labor-only contracting,” the president said.

Duterte also said that he ordered the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to deputize trade unions to conduct inspections of all establishments in the spirit of tri-partism.

He also said that his administration will hire more labor inspectors to assists labor compliance officers to ensure strict implementation of existing provisions of laws against endo and labor-only contracting.

Moreover, the president also committed to ratify International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 151 or the Labor Relations (Public Service) Convention.

“I will do the same for the Senate for its concurrence. May this serve as a symbol of government’s commitment to continuously uphold the aspiration of a corrupt-free civil service,” he said.

“May this serve as a symbol of government’s commitment to continuously uphold the aspirations of a corrupt-free civil service,” Duterte said.

Prior to this, the president with Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, DOLE Officials had a dialogue with trade union leaders and workers to discuss and address labor and employment issues and concerns.

This year’s Labor Day observance has a theme “Matatag na Kabuhayan at Trabaho Tungo sa Progresibong Pagbabago”, which aims to bring employment opportunities and entrepreneurship at the grassroots level, hence the localization of the job and business fairs.

END/ Abegail De Vega

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