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Makabayan bloc pushes for P750 national minimum wage

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 28th, 2018

 

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Makabayan bloc on Monday, May 28, filed a bill that seeks to increase the daily minimum wage of workers to P715.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate argued that the current P512 daily minimum wage for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) no longer suffice the needs of a family of six considering the high cost of living in the region which averages to P1,160 a day.

Zarate also noted the growing impact of the implementation of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law on the prices of basic commodities.

Meanwhile, the Kilusang Mayo Uno calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to certify the measure as urgent for the benefit of Filipino workers. The group also urges the immediate abolition of the National Wage Board.

“Mula sa araw na ito, magiging tuloy-tuloy ang pagkilos ng mga manggagawa hindi lang sa Metro Manila kundi sa lahat ng rehiyon  (Starting today, labor protests will be continuous not only in Metro Manila but in other regions as well), said Elmer Labog, the group’s chairman.

The group is particularly pushing for the abolition of the National Wage Board (NWB).  Labog accused the current and previous administrations of using the NWB to keep the workers’ wages low. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Makabayan bloc to question martial extension before SC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2018

Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Lawmakers from the Makabayan bloc plan to elevate to the Supreme Court the third extension of martial law in Mindanao which Congress approved on Wednesday.

The group said the government and concerned agencies failed to prove there is on-going rebellion in the region that would warrant a yearlong extension of martial law.

“We will definitely still maximize an arena where we can present our case,” said Anakpawis partylist representative, Ariel Casilao. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOLE formally announces P25 pay hike for NCR workers

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Call center agents in their workstations.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) formally announced on Monday (November 5) the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“The NCR regional board increased a P25 basic wage increase and integration of its existing P10 COLA. Upon effectivity of wage order number NCR-22,the new minimum wage increase rates in Metro Manila shall be P500 to P537  across different sectors,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The regional wage board approved the wage hike on October 30.

According to the executive director of the National Wages and Productivity Commission Criselda Sy, the amount of the new wage hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

The new wage order will take effect 15 days after publication or on November 21. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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Sara Duterte calls for expulsion of Makabayan bloc from Lower House

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 8th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Incumbent Mayor of Davao City Sara Duterte-Carpio | PVI/ Cerilo Ebrano

 

In her social media post, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said that the Makabayan bloc should be expelled from the House of Representatives.

The mayor slammed the party-list system for serving as a “milking cow” of terrorists.

The furious post was a reaction to the earlier pronouncement of ACT Teachers Davao Region Chapter that Davao City is the only major city in the country that does not give local allowances to teachers.

Image grabbed from Facebook page of 783 Radyo ni Juan

“Davao nalang ang hindi pa rin nagbibigay hanggang ngayon. Hindi bago ito, matagal na ito; dekada na yan na nangyayari,” said ACT-Teachers party list representative, Antonio Tinio.

This was refuted by Mayor Duterte-Carpio who said in her post that in December 2016 and 2017, Davao City gave P2,000 worth of gift checks to teaching and non-teaching employees of the Department of Education.

She also called members of ACT-Teachers Davao as “liars” and “terrorists”.

Tinio accused the Davao mayor of harassment.

“Pananakot ito, harassment at naglalagay sa panganib sa mga guro natin. Alam naman natin may mga kaso na kapag tinatawag na terotista nagiging biktima ng pagdakip at extrajudicial killings,” he said.

The Act-Teachers Party list admits that granting of local allowances to teachers is not mandated by law, but they insist that if other local governments were able to do extend assistance to the teachers, Davao could do so much more.

As for the presidential daughter’s call for their expulsion, Tinio said, “Pareho sila ng AFP, lalo na sa pagpapalaganap nila ng fake news na Red October; dyan patungo yan.” — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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