This week in Manila, the month of May begins and the celebration of Labor Day on May 1 will once again be welcomed with protests from various coalitions of workers. Plus the newest updates in traffic and weather news this week.
May 1 declared as Labor Day
The country will celebrate all types of workers on May 1.
Every May 1, the country celebrates Labor Day or Araw ng Manggagawa. The non-working holiday is dedicated to all the workers in the country and is usually welcomed with demonstration by various unions who are continuously fighting for their rights.
Celebrated since 1913, Labor Day and the people behind its demonstrations helped shaped the rights and privileges that every worker is enjoying now; from a basic 8-hour work day to the continuous fight to have better pay.
Traffic build-up to be anticipated for Labor Day rallies
Various demonstrations will take place in Metro Manila this Labor Day. (Image: Associated Labor Unions)
On May 1, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) will organize a nationwide rally in the hopes of reminding President Rodrigo Duterte of his promises to end contractualization and any form of fixed-term jobs in either public or private sectors.
The said group will hold their demonstration in Metro Manila at the gates of Malacañang Palace and other cities as well. Commuters are advised to skip the affected areas of the demonstration to avoid heavy traffic.
SM Labor Day Sale
Labor Day Sale happening in various SM Malls this week. (Image: SM Supermalls)
As part of their yearly Labor Day 3-day sale event, SM Malls will be extending their promotion until May 1 for the SM Labor Day Sale 2017. Shoppers can get up to 70% of discount on selected items.
Malls that will participate in the promotion includes SM Megamall, SM City Baguio, SM City Batangas, SM City Bicutan, SM City Cagayan De Oro, SM City Cauayan, SM City Davao, SM City Naga, SM City San Fernando Downtown, SM City San Jose Del Monte, SM City San Mateo, SM City Santa Rosa, SM City Trece Martires, SM Center Angono, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM Seaside City Cebu.
Weather advisory for May 1-7
Sunshine and thunderstorms will be consistent all throughout this coming week. Mornings will mostly be sunny with clear clouds while the latter part of the day will have high possibilities of rains and thunderstorms. Umbrellas are the best partners during the tricky weather.
Commuters are also advised to take precautions during the rainy weather in the afternoon. Leaving work early is best to avoid the heavy flow of traffic.
DOH advises public to drink plenty of water and learn first aid for heatstroke
DOH advises public to take precaution this summer.
The Department of Health (DOH) advises citizens to be on the alert this summer season as the sun continues to dominate the weather. Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial advised Filipinos to drink eight to 12 glasses of water every day to combat the heat. Ubial suggests that drinking every 15 minutes is ideal during the hot weather.
Ubial also encourages the public to learn first aid responses especially during this heat-stroke prone time of the year. The health secretary reminds Filipinos to avoid sun exposure from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to reduce the risk of heat stroke and to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in case such thing happens to any person they might know.
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