‘Wag kalimutan! Dan Fernandez pushes for inclusion of informalworkers in COVID-19 aid package
Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez is calling on the government to include workers in the informal sector in its plans to revive the economy amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a May 6 privilege speech, Fernandez said informal workers suffer from non-inclusion in labor laws and the absence of benefits. He said their plight has become worse as they don’t have social protection or labor standards to protect their rights, health, safety and well-being.
He stressed the importance of formulating plans for COVID-19 recovery as early as now, to help the increasing number of informal workers who are losing their livelihood brought about by the effects of the current pandemic.
“It is incumbent upon this honorable House to learn from this pandemic and use this learning to formulate solutions that will enable our people to reclaim and restart their lives. Government responsiveness is most important especially for the welfare of our poor citizens,” Fernandez said.
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