MANILA, Apr 30 (Mabuhay) — On the eve of the Labor Day celebration, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday vowed “real” solutions to the problems not only of the workers and employers, but of the entire country.
“Ang maipapangako po namin ngayong araw ng paggawa — Tunay na solusyon na tumutugon, hindi lang sa mga problema ng manggagawa, o ng mga negosyante, kundi ng buong sambayanan (What we can promise this Labor Day is real solutions that would respond to the needs not only of workers and businessmen, but for the entire Filipinos),” the President said in his pre-Labor Day speech held in Malacanang.
President Aquino said the government is focused on four objectives — to maintain existing jobs, to create more jobs, increase the ability of our workers, and to ensure enforcement of labor laws to protect the rights of Filipino workers.
“Ang apat na puntong ito ang pundasyon ng aking kasagutan sa ilan sa mga isyung inyong inihain (These four-point objectives are the foundation of my answers to some of the issues laid [during dialogue with representatives of the labor sector]),” he said.
Around 17 representatives from the labor force attended the dialogue Tuesday morning with the President, consisting of FFW, TUCP, PGEA-TUCP, APL, PSLink, Phil. Metalworkers Alliance, and NFL.
On the proposal to certify as urgent the security of tenure bill, President Aquino said it is a violation of the law.
“I can only certify if the proposed measure is of urgent, and if it responds to public calamity,” he noted.
Besides, the President said, “we want to tweak certain portions of the measure to attain the intent of the measure without unduly affecting the competitiveness and the availability of jobs.”
“Para bang baka magkaroon ng hesitation ‘yung companies (There might be hesitations on the part of companies) that will hire because of certain provisions and, therefore, deprive our workers of the opportunity to gain employment. So it has to be tweaked,” he stressed.
President Aquino said the proposed measure is also contrary to the agenda of the administration to create more jobs, “because while there are 1.8 million workers that is estimated to benefit, around 10 million Filipinos are deemed to lose their jobs.”
“Bukas ang isip natin sa pag-amyenda ng panukala, dahil mulat tayo sa mabuting intensyon nito. Kaya naman inaapura na natin ang Tripartite Industrial Peace Council na pag-aralan ang tunay na sitwasyon at hikayatin ang ibang sektor na makilahok tungo sa solusyon nito (We are open to amend the bill, because we are aware of its good intentions. Thus, we directed the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council to study the real situation and encourage other sectors to participate towards its solution),” he noted. (MNS)