MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte reminded employers Friday to provide humane working conditions to workers as the country marked Labor Day.
Duterte, who promised to stop "endo," said businesses have the shared responsibility of providing workers with stable career opportunities.
"Endo" refers to the cyclical hiring and firing of workers to do away with regularizing them with full benefits.
"I thus remind everyone in the business sector of their shared responsibility in improving the lives of our workers by providing them stable career opportunities and humane working conditions," the President said in his Labor Day message.
The President reiterated his administration's commitment to safeguarding the rights of workers.
"I take this occasion to reaffirm the government’s commitment to uphold the dignity of labor by safeguarding the rights of our workers through the humanization of laws and the equalization of social forces," he said.
"As all work is vital in forging a more inclusive and more progressive Philippines, may each and every Filipino rightfully enjoy the fruits of their labor and lead more productive and dignified lives," he added.
Two years ago, Duterte signed an executive order enforcing the prohibition against illegal contracting and sub-contracting.
Millions of workers have been hit by the economic fallout as businesses were forced to suspend operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The government, through the Department of Labor and Employment, has provided cash aid to workers who sought financial assistance.