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DOLE Romblon joins the unity walk in celebration of Labor Day

Job fairs and livelihood trainings are common activities during the celebration of Labor Day. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Romblon Field Office in partnership with the Municipal Government of Odiongan commemorates the annual activity through a unity walk participated by the Bureau of Fire, Philippine National Police and members of the organized workers association in the municipality.

A short program was followed to elucidate the essence of the activity. Ms. Jude Gabat, Tourism Officer of Odiongan articulated that such undertaking is just the beginning of how the municipality will celebrate Labor Day on the next coming years. Unity Walk signifies the accord of government participating agencies when it comes to uniting workers for social and economic advancement.

“Unity Walk, I guess ito ang umpisa ng ating pagkakaisa, kung sa Maynila ang kanilang sigaw ay; “IBAGSAK!,Ipatupad ang across the board na wage. Dito sa ating bayan ng Odiongan gusto nating magkakaisa tayong mga manggagawa at mga nagtratrabaho sa gobyerno. Isa sa magandang balita na iaanunsyo ng ating Secretary ng Department of Labor and Employment ay ang paglabas ng IRR ng ating Expanded Maternity Leave, makaka-avail na ang inyong mga asawa ng 105 days na maternity leave at may sinasabi din sa IRR na dun sa 105 days na yon ay pwedeng manghiram si mister ng certain number of days. Tingnan nyo po sa website ng DOLE ung IRR para makapag avail po kayo. Gusto ko lamang ipaalala na ang ating aktibidad ngayong araw ay pagkakaisa. Magkaisa tayo!” -  Mr. Carlo B. Villaflores, Head - DOLE Romblon Field Office 

“Remember na tayo ay parang isang katawan ng tao, ang isang function ay para makakita, ang ibang function para magsalita, ang ibang function para mag-isip, ang ibang function para gumawa pero whatever we do, whatever our role let us do it with a sense of purpose, maganda po ang trabaho but most of all may principle na this is for the love of my town, my country and my family. Importante din that is executed with a concerted effort, may unity at importante din po na ang bawat isa sa atin ay may kanya kanyang function, whatever it is let us do it very well with all our hearts and mind. Importante din po na nagkakaisa tayo at hindi watak-watak. Sabay-sabay na nagsasagwan at nakatingin sa iisang direksyon.” – Hon. Eduardo C. Firmalo, Governor- Province of Romblon

Labor Day in the Philippines is often celebrated with stage demonstrations of unions, to bring attention to the government about their grievances and issues such as raising the minimum wage and inhumane working conditions but here in Romblon it is by gathering different government agencies in one accord, yoking for the workers welfare.

End/Sarah Jane B. Ferranco


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