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President Duterte honors nation’s frontliners in Labor Day message

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recognized the sacrifices Saturday of Filipino workers who continue to toil to keep the society functioning in the face of an unprecedented health crisis that crippled industries globally.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, I express my deepest gratitude to our hardworking healthcare workers and essential frontliners for their unwavering commitment in ensuring the unhampered delivery of goods and services that continue to sustain our communities and industries during these difficult times,” President Duterte said in his Labor Day message.

“To all Filipino workers here and abroad, let me ensure you that this administration will endeavor to work as vigorously as you have in creating an environment where security of tenure, statutory labor standards and workers’ rights are not only upheld and protected, but also cherished as the foundations of a strong and thriving forceforce,” he added.

The President rallied for unity in rebuilding a stronger and more resilient society that can be left behind to the succeeding generations of Filipinos.

The government announced its plan to immunize 5,000 laborers during the Labor Day commemoration as it gears towards vaccinating the country’s economic frontliners.

More vaccine deliveries are expected in June, and this will enable the government to start vaccinating Filipino economic frontliners, said Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr, the country’s vaccine czar.

The government started immunizing healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities last March and eyes to conclude it by July.

So far, a million healthcare workers have been vaccinated. PND