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Inanunsyo ni Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III noong Sabado na maglalabas sila ngayong araw ng advisory tungkol sa isyu ng pagbabakuna sa mga opisina at kumpanya.

“We will issue an advisory, not an order on Monday. We will advise everyone that nobody can be forced to undergo vaccination without his or her consent and any policy that is requiring vaccination for work will be declared illegal,” saad niya sa isang briefing ng Laging Handa.

Ito umano ay upang ipagbigay-alam sa mga employer ang panuntunang ito.

Dagdag pa rito, hinikayat din niya ang mga manggagawa na i-report sa DOLE ang mga employer at kumpanyang nagrerequire sa mga empleyadong magpabakuna muna bago sila payagang makapasok sa opisina. 

“They can report it to our DOLE offices, we have city, municipal, provincial and regional offices and they can also call our hotlines: 1439 and 1438,” paliwanag ng Labor chief.

Sa ngayon ay wala pa umanong natatanggap na reklamo ang ahensya tungkol sa isyung ito. 

“We have not received any complaint yet. In fairness, the president of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines had said they will not implement such because they know that it has no legal basis and you cannot force the workers to get vaccinated, we don’t have the vaccines yet,” paliwanag ni Bello.

Sa kabilang banda, hinikayat pa rin ni Bello ang publiko na magpabakuna.

“I’m asking our fellow Filipinos to get vaccinated once the vaccines are available. The best way for us to ensure our return to normalcy,” dagdag niya.


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