TUCP: Proposed Bangsamoro labor code to give justice, dignity to workers in region

By Billy Begas

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) lauded the proposed Bangsamoro Labor and Employment Code (BLEC) that will be passed by the Bangsamoro Parliament as one of its priority regional legislations.

TUCP party-list Rep. Raymond Mendoza said BLEC could even be better than the country’s Labor Code in terms of protecting and promoting the fundamental rights of workers.

“I commend Labor and Employment Minister Datu Romeo K. Sema and the leadership of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) led by Chief Minister Ahod Ebrahim for shepherding the drafting and eventual legislation of the region’s own labor code that will truly serve and give justice and dignity to all working people in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM),” Mendoza said.

The solon added that the BLEC “would give the regional government a seal of good housekeeping that would bring in investments” needed to generate massive employment and livelihood opportunities.

The proposed regional labor law prohibits child labor and promotes women’s rights and gender equality while at the same time recognizing the unique cultural and religious practices in the region.

It likewise guarantees the rights of public sector workers to organize, collectively bargain, and peaceful concerted actions.

“A new dawn for the autonomous region is now at hand,” Mendoza added.

Mendoza is among the lawmakers who voted for the passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law, which recognizes the right of Bangsamoro people to self-determination through regional autonomy and development.

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