Malacañang on Friday promised wage subsidies, health services, business loans and new jobs in the provinces, as life shifts to a “new normal.”

In a message streamed through the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson Facebook page, Roque said it was the government’s duty to protect its citizens’ lives and health.

He explained that the general community quarantine measures were put into place to transition to a “new normal,” where workplaces will adopt measures set by both the health and labor departments.

“I invite na bumalik ang mga manggagawa, kasama ang mga at informal settlers, na bumalik na sa mga barangay at bayan sa probinsya. Tutulungan po kayo [ng gobyerno] na doon magkaroon ng maayos na trabaho o hanapbuhay para magkaroon kayo ng second chance [sa] buhay,” Roque said.

The Palace spokesman also lauded laborers who risk their lives on the “frontlines and backlines,” and urged employers to always treat employees “like family.”

President Duterte, in his, Labor Day message, affirmed the government’s commitment to protect workers’ rights through “humanization of laws and equalization of social forces.” John Ezekiel J. Hirro