By Antonio Colina IV
President Rodrigo Duterte declared he will adopt the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention 151, or the Labor Relations (Public Service) Convention, that provides for protection of the public workers’ right to organize and set procedures for determining conditions of employment.
Duterte made the announcement during the 2017 National Labor Day Celebration at the People’s Park in Davao City Monday (May 1) evening wherein he said he will endorse the same to the Senate for its concurrence.
“May this serve as a symbol of government’s commitment to continuously uphold the aspiration of a corrupt-free civil service,” he said.
Labor sec. Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III told reporters in an ambush interview that Duterte’s decision to adopt the 1978 ILO Convention 151 stemmed from the clamor of the government workers to abolish contractualizaton in government agencies.
“Yung (ILO Convention) 151, has a bearing on public employees na dapat wala naring contractual, wala ring casual, wala ring job orders. Now, the President said he will adopt yung ILO convention 151, and then he will refer it to senate for ratification,” he said.