June 15, 2024 Jester P. Manalastas 164 views

A House leader vowed to improve the living condition of the Filipino workers.

House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs chairman Tingog Party-list Representative Jude Acidre, along with the Philippine delegation from the House of Representatives, labor unions and employers, joined the world leaders in Geneva, Switzerland, for the 112th Session of the International Labor Conference.

Acidre said the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr is is committed in ensuring the protection and upholding of the rights of our labor force.

“We understand that there is a careful balance that needs to be struck among the government, employer and employees. But our labor policies should always bend on the side of social justice,”. Acidre said.

He added that the government’s attendance to this Conference signifies the continuing commitment to uphold the international obligation.

Annually, representatives from all of the member states of the International Labour Organization—governments, corporations, and labor unions—gather at the International Labor Conference to deliberate and establish global labor standards and policies, as well as to assess the advancements achieved in the global promotion of decent working conditions and social justice.

The conference agenda included protection against biological hazards, strategic objectives of fundamental principles and rights at work, and decent work and the care economy.

The International Labor Conference, which brings together a varied range of viewpoints and experts from around the globe to address the most critical labor issues of our time, is an essential platform for advancing social justice and supporting good work for all.

Tingog Party-list along with the Office of the Speaker Martin Romualdez has been working tirelessly for the passage of the following legislative measures, House Bill No. 924 or the Barangay Skilled Workers Registry Act; House Bill No. 1579 or the Rationalization of Wage Levels, House Bill No. 2354 or the Magna Carta of Workers in the Informal Sector, House Bill No. 6718 or the Freelance Workers Act. Recently, we have also aligned with the Senate through the the Bicameral Conference Committee on the passage of House Bill No. 7325 or the Magna Carta for Seafarers Act. These measures are aimed towards ensuring that all types of workers are ensured protection and equal treatment under the law, Rep. Acidre said.

“As policymakers, we are committed to exploring innovative ways to accurately determine the living wage, ensuring that every worker is fairly compensated for their labor and can lead a life of dignity and security,” Acidre added.

He added that the care economy has been increasingly recognized for its crucial role in sustaining societies and economies worldwide. As populations age and family structures evolve, the demand for care services, such as childcare, eldercare, and healthcare, continues to rise. This sector predominantly comprises women, who often face challenges in accessing decent work conditions and fair wages. We acknowledge the significance of the care economy and are implementing various measures to improve conditions for care workers and ensure that they receive a living wage.

The conference started on June 3 and ended on June 14.