Bohol first district representative, Rene L. Relampagos, affirms Filipino labor as amongst the country’s most treasured asset.
“Filipino labor is decent and at par with international standards. Labor has always been a priority in my legislative agenda,” he says.
Relampagos consistently pushes for legislative efforts that supports labor especially the vulnerable sectors. As chair of three important committees in the House of Representatives in his three terms as Congressman – Human Rights in the 15th Congress, Tourism in the 16th Congress and Agrarian Reform in the 17th Congress, he moves for his labor agenda time and again.
“Filipino workers are amongst the most hardworking and persevering in the world. Our nation is fully dependent on them. Labor fuels our economic progress, ensures food security and catalyzes development. Labor improves our everyday lives. Where will we be without them? From our farm tillers, mall workers, security guards, factory workers, health sector workers, business processing operations (BPO) industry agents to our overseas workers, Filipino labor needs all the help they can get,” he underscores.
Among the measures he proposes are those for non-discrimination of any form in the labor sector from hiring to training and promotion, improvement of employment standards, occupational safety, affirmation of labor rights including the right to organize and special protection to women laborers and other vulnerable sectors.
He further pushes for the opening of field offices of important labor agencies such as the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in Bohol. The lawmaker likewise moves for special facilities supporting them such as micro credit financing, cooperatives development and similar facilities.
Improvement of the tourism in the country aimed to provide additional employment and investment opportunities is also a big portfolio in the representative’s legislative agenda. He also supports efforts of government that opens employment opportunities such as the build build build policy of the present administration as well as the upgrading of the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) and the opening of the Bohol International Airport.
In fact, in the recent meeting at Congress, Relampagos categorically asked the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to give preference to Boholanos in the hiring of employees to the Bohol International Airport in Panglao. He furthered asked that the opening of positions be duly published.
“I am a believer that given the proper policy framework, our labor will push to greater level. And who else will benefit but the whole country? It is a sure ticket to poverty alleviation. As the nation commemorates Labor Day, my support to Filipino labor is as strong as ever.”