A worker joins call for higher wages as he attends a Labor Day protest in Manila on Friday.  Workers' groups say lack of jobs and low wages in the country force many Filipinos to find greener pastures abroad. (MNS photo)

A worker joins call for higher wages as he attends a Labor Day protest in Manila on Friday. Workers’ groups say lack of jobs and low wages in the country force many Filipinos to find greener pastures abroad. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 1 (Mabuhay) – On Labor Day, President Benigno Aquino III said the relationship between employees and their employers are more “harmonious” under his administration.

In his Labor Day speech in Cebu, Aquino said the number of labor strikes is significantly lower since he assumed the presidency in 2010.

He said only 12 labor strikes were recorded under his watch by the Department of the Labor of Employment (DOLE), compared to the 259 strikes during the past administration.

In a separate interview after his speech, Aquino credited DOLE chief Rosalinda Baldoz for settling labor disputes.

Parang nanay siyang talagang inaasikaso ang lahat, parang titingnan niyo, sektor ng manggagawa, sektor ng management… lahat anak niya,” he said.

Talagang pinipilit niyang gawin para nga magkaroon tayo nitong harmony,” Aquino added. (MNS)