P-Noy issues 22-point labor policy agenda
Tacloban City (July 5) -- President Benigno Aquino III is keen on creating jobs in the country. He said so in not so many words in his inaugural address wherein he underscored the need to provide an environment conducive to business in the country so that Filipinos will no longer feel the need to look for jobs abroad.
President Aquino has basis to make the statement. He has a 22-point labor policy agenda for the Department of Labor and Employment to implement, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a interview over national television station.
The strategies include addressing the labor-mismatch, investing in skills training, promoting the rights of workers and involving them in the policy-making process, strengthening tripartite cooperation, and streamlining procedures and removing red tape.
The Aquino Government will also seek to align the country's labor policies with international treaties and international labor organization conventions, review the continued deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), facilitate their re-integration, address the social cost of migration, and improve coordination with aligned agencies to ensure the well-being of workers in the Philippines and in other shores.
President Aquino has expressed his desire to provide an ideal environment for business in order to make more quality jobs available to Filipinos so that they can make genuine choices and so that they will choose to stay in the country, the Labor Secretary said, citing her interview with the President days before his inauguration.
President Aquino has also tasked the DOLE to review and evaluate a department ruling, allowing the Philippine Airlines management to outsource its critical operations, resulting in the possible mass layoff of some 3,000 employees. Aquino wants the labor dispute resolved to see how the outcome may serve as a litmus test of his administration's handling of labor management issues.
Citing the low number of strikes due to the country's very effective conciliatory machinery, the Labor Secretary said industrial peace comes from mutual cooperation of labor and management, where the parties are not adversarial and engage in a voluntary settlement of dispute.
The Aquino administration also wants to evaluate the minimum wages of workers in Metro Manila as it is no longer competitive with the country's Asian neighbors. (PIA 8) [top]