MANILA, July 28, 2015 – A group punches holes in what President Benigno Simeon S. Aquino III trumpeted as his administration’s recent accomplishments in the labor sector, during his last State of the Nation Address on July 27.
“He failed to address the more important issues such as workplace health and safety,” said Julius Cainglet, Federation of Free Workers assistant vice president in a statement, commenting on the president’s claim that the number of labor strikes had gone down during his term while overseas contract workers fell by some 400,000 due to work availability in the Philippines.
He added that Aquino also failed to mention the Aquino administration’s moves to ensure that incidents like the Kentex fire tragedy along with construction and mining accidents will not happen again under his watch.
While the president talked about how car sales went up by 27% which proves supposedly proves that people now have enough money to buy cars and condominium units, Cainglet noted that the president said nothing about the Security of Tenure bill which would have addressed labor contractualization.
“While President Aquino said he did not promote emergency employment like for street sweeping, he failed to address precarious work,” Cainglet further said.
When asked for a reaction, Fr. Edwin Gariguez, executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action Justice and Peace (CBCP-NASSA) said he defers to the CBCP president to comment on the said issues.
In closing, the chief executive expressed his thanks and appreciation to almost government functionary, including his household and relatives but failed to mention Vice President Jejomar C. Binay who also worked as Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council until he resigned recently.
Catholic bishops have yet to issue statements on the latest State of the Nation Address. (Melo Acuña/CBCPNews)