SENATOR LOREN LEGARDA
Confirmation of Appointment of
Labor Secretary Silvestre Hernando Bello III
I have the honor to co-sponsor the confirmation of the ad interim appointment of the Honorable Silvestre Hernando Bello III as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
When President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, he vowed to end illegal contractual employment and cut bureaucratic red tape, among others.
Secretary Bello immediately heeded the call and in his three months as Head of DOLE has already carried out programs to address these concerns.
With his extensive experience both in government—having served as Solicitor General, Justice Secretary, Chairman of the Government Panel for peace talks, and a Partylist Representative, among others–and as a human rights lawyer, I am certain that Secretary Bello will introduce more innovative programs that will curb illegal practices, including putting an end to illegal recruitment, and strictly enforce our labor and employment laws to promote productive employment, protect the workers and their welfare, and maintain industrial peace.
Mr. President, it is for these reasons that I move that the ad interim appointment of the Honorable Silvestre Hernando Bello III as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment be confirmed.