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    VP Leni pays tribute to Filipino workers, says she will work as hard as they do to improve everyone’s lives

    VP Leni pays tribute to Filipino workers, says she will work as hard as they do to improve everyone’s lives


    On Labor Day, May 1, Vice President Leni Robredo recognized and paid tribute to Filipino workers all over the nation.

    "Sa araw pong ito, kinikilala natin ang napakahalagang kontribusyon ng manggagawang Pilipino sa lipunan at kasaysayan," the presidential candidate told thousands of workers at the Araneta Coliseum in an event dubbed "A10 ang Bukas: Mabuhay ang Manggagawa!"

    “Sa lahat pong nagtatrabaho sa bawat bahagi ng lipunan—mga drivers at riders; mga guro; mga medical frontliners; mga kasambahay; mga manggagawang kababaihan; migrant workers; mga nagtatrabaho sa informal sector; mga manggagawa sa iba’t ibang industriya at sektor, pribado man o publiko—marami pong salamat sa inyo,” Robredo said. "Lahat po kayo, mahalaga. Lahat kayo, malaki ang ambag hindi lang sa ekonomiya, kundi sa pag-abot ng ating mga pangarap bilang isang bansa," Robredo said.

    Currently, the labor sector remains disadvantaged, with groups continuing to fight for the rights of all workers, pushing for wage increases, and seeking to halt endo or end of contract.

    At the event, Robredo promised the audience that if elected, her administration will address the issues and needs of the labor force, specifically through her Hanapbuhay Para sa Lahat program.

    “Ang layunin po natin sa Hanapbuhay para sa Lahat jobs plan, gisingin ang lakas ng industriyang Pilipino. Tututukan natin ang mga industriya kung saan malaki ‘yung potensyal natin,” she said, pointing out the maritime, agriculture, tech, and manufacturing industries. “Kung malakas naman ang manggagawa, malakas din ang industriya, malakas din ang ekonomiya. Kaya po ang gobyerno natin, ituturing kayong susi sa istratehiya natin tungo sa pag-angat.”

    The Vice President said a Robredo presidency will focus on the proper enforcement of labor laws and policies, the creation of a public employment program, and the strengthening of different sectors in the country, among others. She also promised to hold regular dialogues with them to listen to their concerns.

    "Maaasahan niyo po na parati tayong handang makinig, makipag-usap, at makipagtulungan,"she said. “Alam n’yo ‘yung track record ko bilang abogado ng mahihirap at ng batayang sektor; alam n’yong magkakahanay tayo ng layunin at pangarap; alam n’yong malinaw ‘yung pagpapahalaga ko sa ambag ninyo sa bansa natin.”

    She called on the sector to join her and work together to improve everyone’s lives.

    “Ang pag-angat ng buhay natin, nasa kamay nating lahat,” she said. “Ang pangako ko sa inyo: Sasamahan ko kayo. Magsisikap ako sa tabi ninyo. Ang manggagawa at ang pamahalaan, laging magiging magkatuwang.

    “‘Yung pagod at pagkayod ninyo para sa inyong mga pamilya, tatapatan ko ng pagod at pagkayod para sa inyo at para sa lahat ng Pilipino,” she said.” [END]

    Posted in Press Releases on May 01, 2022