Labor Day 2006

Here’s how Labor Day is shaping up:


Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said that various government agencies that process pre-employment requirements will provide convenient one-stop services to jobseekers along with various firms and recruitment agencies participating in the Jobs and Livelihood Fair which will be held at the Quezon City Hall Covered Walk on Elliptical Road, Quezon City to celebrate Labor Day on May 1.

Sto. Tomas also said that some 150 local employers and overseas recruitment agencies shall offer 30,000 vacancies to jobseekers at the event dubbed, “Trabaho Muna! Labor Day Jobs and Livelihood Fair.”

She said that the fair, to be led by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines in cooperation with the DOLE and the Quezon City government, will be from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

During the fair, applicants may secure or renew pertinent documents such as NBI clearance, passports, birth certificates, cedula, and PhilHealth card. Fresh graduates and new entrants to the labor force may also apply for tax identification and social security numbers.


According to their website (, the FFW will hold its 22nd National Convention from May 1 to 4. The convention theme is:”AFFIRMING A LEGACY: Strengthening the Capacity of the FFW as a Trade Union-Social Movement.”


APL will spearhead the first nationally-coordinated workers’ protest action against Charter change on May 1. This according to the press statement (   issued by Daniel Edralin, APL chairperson. Edralin said APL members will hold their Labor Day rally in Plaza Miranda before marching to Liwasang Bonifacio where other members of SULONG, the broadest labor coalition that called for the ouster of the Arroyo Regime and the establishment of a transitional revolutionary government.APL along with other labor groups under SULONG will march to Mendiola from Liwasang Bonifacio.

Elsewhere in the world…

The Great American Boycott 2006

Immigrants in the US will continue with their protest actions against the anti-immigrant bill (  


“On May 1, we will wear “white” a T-Shirt and/or white arm bands, we can paint and write our political demands (and creative arts) at the T-shirt go to rally, protest, strike, vigil, work or school–we will have a ocean of white T-shirts with our political demands from east coast to west coast, at the street, work place, school, bus station & store… and our voice will be LOUD AND CLEAR AND CANNOT BE SILENT FOR EVER!”



Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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  • gari

    Ms. Toots,

    This is the real “Oplan Manggagawa”
    and not those fabricated crap that always
    lead to Mrs. Arroyo’s ouster or conspiracy
    between the right and the left.

    Hoping for a peaceful and successful labor
    day rallies and hope the worker’s message
    hits some notes and strings.