The workers in the Informal Sector (WIS) confront many decent work deficits such as low or irregular income, unclear employment relationships, an unsafe work environment, as well as a lack of social protection and access to social dialogue.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the vulnerable workers struggled with the global socio-political and economic shocks.
In recognition of the contribution of WIS to the national economic development, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the DOLE Regional Offices is conducting a Labor Day event for the WIS all throughout the month of May and June.
On 23 May 2022, the DOLE is organizing a face-to-face event at Arroceros Park, Manila where DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III will be awarding livelihood assistance to qualified beneficiaries and wage payout to Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers Program (TUPAD) recipients, then various government agencies will be presenting their key plans, accomplishments, and initiatives in promoting the rights of WIS.
The National Anti-Poverty Commission – Workers in the Informal Sector Council (NAPC-WISC) is presenting the policy advocacy on the development of an institutional mechanism for the informal economy agenda.
Around 1,250 participants from the informal sector, members of the NAPC-WISC, representatives of informal sector organizations, DOLE-registered workers associations, and representatives from different government agencies are expected to attend the said event.
The DOLE Regional Offices is spearheading the same roster of activities along with their key partners in the government and labor sectors.
The national activity is pursuant to Proclamation No. 1215, Series of 1998 declaring May 1 to 7 of every year as Linggo ng Paggawa signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos.