Lobregat cites laborers, need for work beyond office hours for elected officials PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 May 2015 14:10

By Jubels Santos


District 1 Congressman Celso Lorenzo Lobregat has praised laborers—both in government and the private sectors for their significant role in nation building.

In his message during the Labor Day celebration at the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority in San Ramon last Friday, May 1st, Lobregat greeted all members of the labor sector to include those working in private companies such as the canning factories and those working in the government sector to include the barangay and other elected officials.

Lobregat said elected officials are part of the government workforce though they don’t have security of tenure, as they have to submit themselves for people’s confirmation every after 3 years.

The government is the biggest employer for the country’s labor sector, according to the congressman.

He said elected officials should always follow the precept of working beyond the 8am-5pm office schedule. “Necesita kita sirvi lampas na ora si necesita, hinde lang alas 8 del aga hasta alas sinco del tarde”.

Having been given the mandate by the people, elected officials, Lobregat said, should be on call 24-hours a day as work does not end after the 8am-5pm schedule. There would be times when duty calls come after office hours and that service should be rendered with equal quality.

Meanwhile, commenting on Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde’s message that in Zamboanga City there is industrial peace and that there is no work stoppage due to mutual understanding between management and labor groups, Lobregat jestly said there is work stoppage in the city but it occurs only when there is power interruption.

The solon likewise expounded on the art of negotiation through collective bargaining agreement between laborers and management.

Congressman Lobregat attended the opening program for the Labor day celebration together with Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Cong. Lilia Nuno (represented by her chief of staff), representatives from the management and labor sectors, Labor Regional Director Sisinio Cano, Zamboecozone chairman Christopher Arnuco, Zamboanga City Electric Cooperative general manager Engr. George Ledesma and the National Youth Council Commissioner (at large) Jose Rafael Cruz, who was the guest of honor. — Jubels Santos