By MB Online
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on the national government and local government units (LGUs) to continue upholding the rights and promoting the welfare of Filipino workers as the country commemorates Labor Day on the first day of May.
“Sa kabila po ng dinaraanang pagsubok ng bansa dala ng COVID-19, binabati ko po ang ating mga manggagawa ng isang mapagpalayang Araw ng Paggawa,” Go said.
(Despite the challenges the country is facing because of COVID-19, I greet our workers a liberating Labor Day.)
“Kayo ang pundasyon ng ating patuloy na lumalagong ekonomiya. Bilang mambabatas, asahan ninyo na patuloy kong isusulong ang mga panukalang batas at susuportahan ang mga programa upang mas lalong maprotektahan ang inyong mga karapatan at mas mapabuti ang inyong kapakanan.”
(You are the foundation of our flourishing economy. You can be assured that as a lawmaker, I will continue to push for the bills and support the programs to protect your rights and improve your condition.)
Go also assured workers that the government will always prioritize their rights and welfare amid the challenges posed by the ongoing public health crisis.
“Habang patuloy nating nilalabanan ang sakit na COVID-19, ginagawa ng pamahalaan ang lahat ng makakaya para mabigyan ng tulong ang mga apektadong manggagawa.”
(While we continue to fight COVID-19, the government is doing everything it can to give assistance to affected workers.)
“Bilang suporta, naging panawagan ko din ang pagbibigay pa ng dagdag na tulong para sa mas nakararami, katulad ng mga apektadong manggagawa ng mga maliliit na negosyo o ang mga MSMEs, at iba pa,” he added.
(As a sign of support, I am also calling for additional assistance for more people, such as the affected workers of small businesses or MSMEs, and other sectors.)
Earlier, Go appealed for the provision of support to workers and employees of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Go said most MSMEs were forced to temporarily, totally, or partially close down due to the global health crisis and the extended enhanced community quarantine measures.
“Malaking parte ng bumubuhay sa ating ekonomiya ay ang mga MSMEs at ang kanilang mga workers. Tulungan natin silang buhayin ang kanilang negosyo at maiahon ang kanilang mga empleyado habang nasa panahon ng krisis ang buong bansa,” Go said.
(MSMEs and their workers are a huge part of our economy. Let us help them revive their businesses and raise their workers while the country is going through this time of crisis.)
Go’s appeal led to the Department of Finance’s granting of a subsidy program to provide assistance to MSMEs and their employees. About four million MSME employees have benefited from the program.
The Department of Labor and Employment also implemented its COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) for affected workers in the formal sector. CAMP provides qualified beneficiaries a one-time financial assistance of P5,000 and employment facilitation services.
Meanwhile, Go also shared his proposed Balik Probinsya program which, if successful, could benefit millions of Filipino workers nationwide who will no longer need to move to urban centers for better job opportunities.
“Sa tulong ng Balik Probinsya program, umaasa po ako na hindi na kakailanganin pa ng ating mga manggagawa mula sa probinsya na pumunta sa Maynila para lamang makahanap ng trabaho,” Go said.
(Through the Return to the Provinces program, I trust that our workers in the provinces will no longer need to go to Manila just to find a job.)
“Ipinangangako ko po na ipaglalaban ko ang programang ito para makalikha pa tayo ng marami pang trabaho at mapabuti ang buhay ng manggagawang Pilipino. Muli, maligayang Araw ng Paggawa sa inyo. Mabuhay po kayo!” he added.
(I promise that I will fight for this program, so that we can create more jobs and improve the lives of Filipino workers. Again, a happy Labor Day to you.)
Ending his message, Go remained optimistic that the country will overcome the challenges brought by COVID-19.
“Naniniwala ako na malalampasan natin ang krisis na ito. At nanatiling matatag ang aking tiwala na kaisa ng pamahalaan at ng buong sambayanang Pilipino, ang hanay ng ating mga manggagawa sa hangaring manumbalik ang sigla ng ating ekonomiya sa mas lalong madaling panahon,” he said.
(I believe we will surpass this crisis. And my belief is strong that the government and the entire Filipino people stand with the ranks of our workers in the desire to restore the vibrancy of our economy as soon as possible.)