PH unjustly vilified – DOLE chief

THE Department of Labor and Employment objected to  report which placed the Philippines among the worst countries in the world for workers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III slammed the report, saying the country was “unjustly vilified” in the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index 2019 which placed the Philippines “as among the top 10 worst countries in the world for working people.”

“It is unfortunate that ITUC failed to see the consistent efforts of the government in protecting the welfare of the Filipino workers. To say that the country has drastically regressed in protecting the worker’s rights is a drastically one-sided finding,” he said.

Bello stressed that the cases of “violence and murder, brutal repression of public protests, and repressive laws” among workers are all allegations as the cited accusations are not officially reported as labor-related incidents.

He cited the efforts of the government in advancing the rights and welfare of workers, including the intensified enforcement of labor laws and standards, particularly in ensuring every worker’s right to safe and humane working conditions, and to security of tenure.

The labor chief noted the enacted landmark laws that championed the workers’ greater interest, including the Occupational Safety and Health Law, and the Expanded Maternity Leave Law, among others.

The DOLE is now in the process of hiring 500 additional Labor Laws Compliance Officers to complement the assessment of over 900,000 establishments across the country to ensure compliance with the general labor laws and standards, according to Bello.