President Benigno Aquino 3rd lauded Filipino workers on the eve of Labor Day but made no announcements on a wage hike or non-monetary benefits.
In his message, Aquino praised the Filipino workers for their hard work.
“Saludo ang ating sambayanan sa mga manggagawang Pilipinong nagpupunyagi para sa kanilang pamilya at pangarap. Idinaraos natin ang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pasasalamat sa alay ninyong husay, dangal, at lakas sa ating bayan (The nation salutes Filipino workers who continue to dream for their families. We observe this day in gratefulness for your hard work, honor and strength),” the President said.
Under his leadership, Aquino said workers responded to the call to build better relations with industries, adopted fast-evolving technologies and proved that Filipinos can compete in the global market.
He said overseas workers as well as the members of the uniformed services also joined the march towards national transformation and reform.
“Sa loob ng anim na taon nating paglalakbay sa Daang Matuwid, kinakitaan ng ating pamahalaan ang ating mga kababayan ng tunay na pakikiisa sa agenda ng pag-unlad (During the six years that we journey through the Straight Path, our nation saw how the people supported the agenda for economic progress),” the President said.
He added that Filipinos are proud of their volunteerism that aims to elevate the quality of work.
“Sinikap nating suklian ang inyong sigasig sa pamamagitan ng paglatag ng akmang solusyon para makapamuhay ang lahat nang may dignidad,” he said. “Ngayon: alam nating kailangan pang magpatuloy ng reporma; nararapat na itaguyod ang positibong pagbabago. Inaanyayahan ko kayong makisabay sa ating pagkilos: Sumulong tayo sa tamang landas, tungo sa maliwanag at makatarungang bukas (We tried to reward your hard work by coming up with measures that will allow you to live with dignity. Now we know that reforms should continue, we should endeavor to continue positive change. I invite you to join us in this endeavor, let us take the right path toward a brighter tomorrow),” he added.