Statement of Support for Davao City Councilor Pamela Librado-Morata

The Nonoy Librado Development Foundation, Inc. (NLDFI) supports Davao City Councilor Pamela Librado-Morata, Chair of the Committee on Labor in the City Council, for relentlessly protecting and promoting the rights of workers and ordinary citizens, especially amidst the CoViD-19 pandemic.

As a public servant and the Chairperson on Labor and Employment Opportunities, Councilor Librado-Morata has always stood with the workers unabated.

She lobbied to institutionalize workers’ rights protection and the labor force’s development through an ordinance establishing the Davao City Workers Protection and Development Office (WPDO). The said office was officially instituted last May 11, 2021, during the 19th City Council.

When around 300 delivery riders of Foodpanda Philippines protested last July at Roxas Avenue, Davao City, she’s one of the local officials who echoed their call for transparency on wages, salary increase, and reinstatement.

Rain or shine, Councilor Librado-Morata, together with her team and members of the Mother’s Class, also readily assisted victims of disasters. Recently, they served hot meals to flood victims in various barangays, primarily in District 1, her area of jurisdiction.

The Mother’s Class is a community-based formation started by her mother, former Councilor Marleen Librado.

Moreover, she closely worked with the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP) and her legal team to conduct free HIV testing during the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP)-led mobile vaccination, which her office initiated to ensure safe and free vaccine roll out against the CoViD-19.

Workers, youth, women, and other sectors can attest to the quality of service of Davao City Councilor Pamela Librado-Morata. She consistently stayed true to the “Librado brand of politics,” which champions the interests and legitimate demands of the people.

Furthermore, the institution itself, the NLDFI, was instated through the initiative and genuine works of her late father, Erasto “Nonoy” Librado. This is one of the evidences that the Librado family truly care for the welfare of the people of Davao primarily the marginalized labor sector.

In light of this, we are calling on Councilor Librado-Morata to continue her candidacy despite the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod’s withdrawal of her Certificate of Nomination and Acceptance (CONA).

Indeed, we need more pro-people public officials like her in these trying times riddled with an extreme health crisis and worsening economic conditions.