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The Department of Labor and Employment is taking its own stride in attracting job seekers in their so called “job fairs”  coinciding the celebration of Labor Day today by showcasing this approach as a positive plan for the potential job generation for the unemployed and underempoyed.

Albeit, this approach can be construed as positive, it can also be interpreted as a bait for the job seekers. Without a comprehensive study on the existing labor laws, I say, the irresponsible capitalists or prospective employers will just feast on their preys, in using the repressive laws like Republic Act 6715, better known as the Herrera Law.

The Herrera Law allowed various forms of contractual employment, including the currently widespread system of employing workers through layers upon layers of agencies. More than 90% of currently available jobs in the Philippines are contractual in nature.

As a result of contractualization, workers have been desprived of their right to job security and have become vulnerable on a daily basis to more intense exploitation by the capitalists.

In short, the DOLE has to clearly define their stand on the evils of contractualization that continually besetting the myriad sweat shops all over the country in order to promote industrial peace by protecting the rights of the country’s work force.

A thorough review on the existing laws is the supreme duty of the DOLE  as a state agency mandated to balance the protection and the promotion of the human resources and the investors or entrepreneurs.

A responsible investors or entrepreneurs will recognized the dignity of labor that will provide employment that will address the burgeoning employment gap of the Philippines.

Keeping the balance between attracting business investments and employment opportunities will fulfill their mandate, so that the much desired inclusive economic growth will be attained. The vital signs to these can be measured by a bench mark of;

1.Create opportunities for good and decent jobs and secure livelihoods.

2.Support inclusive and sustainable business practices

3.Promote better government policies and fair and accountable public institutions.

Inclusive economic growth in the stricter sense of the word recognizes the deep interconnections of food security, nutrition, water and sanitation, sustainability, gender equality including public-private partnerships.

In these areas, the government should focus as their areas of concerns that requires a pro-active actions and decision making mechanism so that by attracting investors like in Bikol region the business climate are guaranteed growth and expansion and at the same time the rights and welfare of the labor force of Bikolandia are being promoted and protected by reducing its vulnerabilities.

 

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