President Duterte on Labor Day honored all Filipino workers around the world as the citizenry's source of "immense pride" and "encouragement".
"I join the entire nation in honoring all our mighty Filipino workers through the celebration of this year's Labor Day. Our people have been known worldwide for the great passion, integrity and professionalism they demonstrate in everything that they do," Duterte said in a statement on May 1, Sunday.
"These qualities have not only brought economic gains to our country, but have also been a source of immense pride and encouragement among our people," he added.
The President enjoined the nation to celebrate "all the triumphs and progress that the labor movement has accomplished over the years."
The Filipino workers' contribution to the country, he said, reminds the government to overcome challenges by "recognizing the rights of our workers and reassessing the systems that may hinder their growth and development."
As his term comes to an end, Duterte assured Filipinos that his administration will continue to provide opportunities for the workers.
"This administration, even if it is coming nearly to a close, shall remain committed to providing the people with the opportunities they need to realize their full potential," Duterte said.
"It is my hope that this day recharges everyone as you continue to work for yourselves, your families and our nation. Mabuhay ang manggagawang Pilipino!" the president concluded.