Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
Labor is the primary force that drives the engine of our economy. Despite of the significant advances in technology, which allow us to manufacture goods and provide services with minimal human inputs, labor is still the most integral and vital cog of our national economy.
May I therefore extend my warmest welcome to the participants of the various activities prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Iloilo, Inc. (CCIII) in celebration of Labor Month. The theme of this month’s celebration, “Pagtutulungan, Pagbabao, Disenteng Trabaho,” is in consonance with the policies and principles of our great nation, embodied both in the country’s Constitution and the Labor Code.
Our very own Constitution contains the directive that the State shall afford full protection to labor, local and overseas, organized and unorganized, and shall promote full employment and equality of employment opportunities for all. Through the efforts of DOLE and CCIII, a job fair with over 100 local and foreign companies will be held in Iloilo City. These companies could provide our job seekers with numerous employment opportunities.
The Constitution is very clear in stating that “the State affirms labor as a primary social economic force.” I am therefore pleased with the efforts of DOLE Region VI to help our fellow Ilonggos to secure employment through the various activities it has prepared, in conjunction with the Labor Month Celebration.
There are abundant employment opportunities, both within the Philippines and abroad, for Filipinos to take advantage of. Through job fairs such as the ones organized by DOLE and the CCIII, more of our countrymen who are qualified and counted as members of the workforce, but who have yet to succeed in securing gainful employment, will have a chance to explore employment opportunities with various reputable employers. Thank you very much and may you all continue to actively participate in the Labor Month programs of DOLE Region VI.