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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.

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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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