Economic Growth No Impact on Labor Sector - Workers

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Manila, Philippines --- The labor situation in the Philippines is not at par with the reported economic development of the present administration.

This is the general assessment of several private labor groups set to hold a pre-Labor Day dialogue and consultation with President Benigno S. Aquino III today, April 30, to highlight this year's observance of Labor Day celebration.

"While we see a significant growth here in the Philippines of seven percent, a large proportion of those economically active are simply made of vulnerable forms of employment," International Labor Organization Director Lawrence Jeff Johnson said in an interview with Manila Bulletin. Atty. Sonny Matula, Federation of Free Workers National president, added that at the backdrop of the booming economy, the country's laborers are left behind when it comes to improvements and developments on their working conditions.

He also added that before the government should even start with the improvement of the laborers' working conditions, he must first address the existing unemployment problems of the country.

Johnson added that more than 40 percent of those working lack social protection, social dialogue, and concrete protection under the labor code.

"There is still a big gap, and there is a long way to go to bridge that gap, but have to bridge it, no matter what," Matula said. …