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Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III yesterday vowed to intensify the government’s assistance to workers following his decision to drop his senatorial bid.

Bello said he would rather help the needy workers displaced by the pandemic than to participate in next year’s elections.

“I find it urgent to address the needs of our displaced workers so I’m no longer participating in the polls,” he said.

Bello said it’s important that the amelioration program of the government reaches all workers, including the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Following his decision to stay as chief of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Bello also vowed to help the employment rate recover from the crises brought by COVID-19.

“That is also one of my priorities in keeping my job in DOLE. We need to bring back the jobs our workers lost because of the global outbreak,” he said.

Bello earlier said he would seek for a slot in the higher chamber if Presidential daughter Sara Duterte would run as president.

However, Duterte recently filed her certificate of candidacy as vice president.

Bello said he would rather continue his tasks in DOLE and the International Labour Organization (ILO) where he currently chairs the government group.

After presiding the ILO conference last month in Switzerland, Bello said he plans to further push for the UN body’s democratization in a conference set on November 25 this year.

“I will definitely continue advocating for a more democratic ILO so that all nations including the small ones can voice out their respective advocacies,” Bello said.

The labor chief also apologized to his supporters for the Senate, saying his decision was for the greater good of the workers and the people. ###

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