President Benigno Aquino 3rd will be marking Labor Day in Cebu.
Malacañang, however, was quick to explain that the President had no intention to evade protesters who are expected to hold multiple protest actions in Metro Manila on Thursday.
In a statement, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Aquino just wanted to interact with people from the provinces.
“The President just desires to be with people in the regions and provinces,” Coloma told reporters in Filipino.
“The President never tried to avoid any rally or expression of sentiment by the people whom he considers as his bosses.”
President Aquino is scheduled to attend a JobStart Employers forum in Cebu to be attended by 200 young men and women. He will be accompanied by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad 3rd. The JobStart program allows employers to take in interns and provide them with life skills training.
The President is also set to inspect the University of Cebu Medical Center in Mandaue City and tour the facilities of a cement plant in the City of Naga in Cebu.
Meanwhile, Coloma enumerated what he called the “milestones” achieved by the Aquino administration in the labor sector.
He cited the law raising the tax exemption ceiling on bonuses that was signed by Aquino in February.
“Since the Aquino administration took over, a lot of workers benefits have been added like additional take-home pay as a result of increased tax exemptions on the 13th month pay,” Coloma said.
Baldoz said there will be no announcement of any wage increase.
The Labor department, however, will hold 56 job fairs nationwide.
“A total of 251,677 vacancies are ready for jobseekers in the whole country. Of this number, 86,745, or 34,47 percent, are local job vacancies, while 160,525, or 63.78 percent, are overseas job opportunities,” Baldoz said.
According to the Labor chief, a total of 1,398 employers from different regions are participating in the Labor Day job fairs.