Marcos on Labor Day vows to address workers’ woes, uplift living conditions
MANILA, Philippines — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has marked Labor Day with a promise that his administration is “working conscientiously” to address workers’ concerns and provide opportunities that will elevate the living and social conditions of their families.
Marcos on Monday paid tribute to the labor force he deemed “essential to the sustenance of our soaring economy and also in laying the groundwork for our important industries.”
“That is why we strive to address the cares and concerns of our workers, as well as provide them with better opportunities so that they are capacitated to their full potential as active participants in nation-building,” Marcos said in his Labor Day message.
He hailed workers for their service, sacrifices, and contributions to the country’s development.
“Rest assured that this administration is working conscientiously to provide opportunities that will uplift the living and social conditions of our workers and their families,” Marcos vowed.
He then sought the help of the private sector “in building on the gains of our good governance and labor reform initiatives so that we can ensure the sustainability of jobs, secure the livelihoods of our workers, and maintain the productivity of our economy.”
Marcos marked his first Labor Day as Chief Executive while on a four-day official visit to the United States.
But before leaving for Washington, he took part in a Labor Day celebration in Pasay City on Sunday, leading the distribution of government benefits to workers, including housing units.
Meanwhile, several labor groups and multi-sectoral advocates marched along España Boulevard on Monday to press for reforms like wage hikes and better working conditions.