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The Labor Code of the Philippines
(Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended)

A Decree instituting a labor code thereby revising and consolidating labor and social laws to afford protection to labor, promote employment, and human resources development and insure industrial peace based on social justice.


Statement of objectives (Article 12)

It is the policy of the State:
  1. To promote and maintain a state of full employment through improved manpower training, allocation and utilization;
  2. To protect every citizen desiring to work locally or overseas by securing for him the best possible terms and conditions of employment;
  3. To facilitate a free choice of available employment by persons seeking work in conformity with the national interest;
  4. To facilitate and regulate the movement of workers in conformity with the national interest;
  5. To regulate the employment of aliens, including the establishment of a registration and/or work permit system;
  6. To strengthen the network of public employment offices and rationalize the participation of the private sector in the recruitment and placement of workers, locally and overseas, to serve national development objectives;
  7. To insure careful selection of Filipino workers for overseas employment in order to protect the good name of the Philippines abroad.

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