Filipino Worker Best in the World

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today honored the Filipino worker on the occasion of Labor Day.

In her speech during the turnover ceremony for the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) this morning (May 1, Friday) in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the President said:

“We honor the Filipino worker today. A grateful government pledges its unwavering support to the great Filipino worker and the bright future that our workers are building for our country.”

The Chief Executive kicked off her speech by pointing out that “Labor Day this year is a timely occasion for the nation to celebrate the resiliency of our economy that has so far protected us from the worst of the global recession and allowed us to continue to grow.”

“The skills and talents of our workers at home and abroad are confounding the gloomy forecasts of pessimists, as they continue to seek out ever more jobs, remit more funds to our shores, and sustain the hopes of our country and the dreams of their families,” the President said.

“This year today, we honor a particular sector of the working class — the great Filipino soldier -– the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continuously demonstrate their devotion to duty and our Constitution.

“Our military men and women are good, upstanding and loyal patriots, fighting to protect our country everyday,” the President said, adding, “We honor the great Filipino soldier for being ready to make the supreme sacrifice in war, as well as exemplifying the spirit of sacrifice that uplifts people in times of need and succor.”

“In honor of the great Filipino soldier, our administration has invested heavily in new and better equipment, more training and more cooperation with our allies to professionalize our military. We have invested in higher pay, more housing, better healthcare, and better force protection,” the President pointed out.

The Arroyo administration is celebrating Labor Day by holding a Jobs Fair for the country’s unemployed workers and those looking for better job opportunities here and abroad.

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