By Reynard Magtoto
LEGASPI CITY, 02-May-2013 (BicolToday.com) – In celebration of Labor Day, almost 3,000 Albayanos from multisectoral groups urged a P125 wage increase across-the-board nationwide through a symbolic march rally.
The rally is part of a nationwide coordinated protest to call for the benefits to all workers in the country. Until now, they only receive P200 per day which is below the 8-10-hour minimum wage.
“Which means it is a proof that there are no better program for the workers,” Hernan Sorteza, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) president said. “That’s why until now we are telling the people that we are urging for P125.”
According to Vince Casilihan of Karapatan-Bikol, they are urging for P125 across-the-board to help them survive in the increasing daily expenses. “If the government will not increase their wage, our countrymen will be more submerged in poverty.”
The KMU are also raising an increase of 6,000 pesos for those government employees in the national, and 3,000 pesos increase for government employees in the region.
In Noynoy Aquino’s 6 years of service, Casilihan added that almost 2.86% is unemployed while 8.6% is underemployed, which has the greatest percentage of underemployed under the PNoy regime.
During the protest rally, the regional PNP played up their radios to create noise, a ploy considered as disrespectful to the protesters. This created a commotion which resulted to a traffic jam.
“In our discussion with the PNP personnel, we desired to let them stop their sounds or else we will occupy the big portion of the highway whether it will create commotion,” Sorteza said.
The PNP then temporarily stopped the sounds. However Casilihan expounded that PNP must stand in behalf of the people and what they did only show that their institution does not respect the human rights of the people.
Based on the National Economic Labor Commission, the government must give attention to their workers, especially they are the ones who are molding the whole economic system.
Prior to labor day, KMU already talked to DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra, who promised that they will do their best to perform their duties.
“However until now, there’s no any clarification and we cannot see anything that DOLE does for our workers,” Sorteza said. [BicolToday.com]