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Proposed P16K minimum wage for gov’t employees pushed in Congress

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of gov’t employees and nurses to P16,000.

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc has filed a bill in Congress that seeks to increase the salaries of government employees and nurses.

The House Bill No. 7196 seeks the increase of the monthly minimum wage of said workers to P16,000.

The Makabayan bloc explained that Congress should prioritize their proposal after it doubled the salaries of soldiers and policemen.

The left-leaning lawmakers argued that raising the minimum wage is reasonable due to the increase in the prices of commodities and services as a result of the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. — UNTV News & Rescue

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VP Robredo supports bid to suspend, revisit TRAIN Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Vice President Leni Robredo

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo supports the bid of some lawmakers to suspend the imposition of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

In a media interview, she reiterated that the law should be reviewed following its negative effects, especially to the poor Filipinos.

Robredo claims the authorities did not anticipate the increase in market prices upon drafting its provisions as she hits the failure in distributing the subsidy for 10 million poor families which are supposed to serve as the safety net of the TRAIN law.

“Until now July na 2.2M palang ang nabibigyan pero ang effects ng TRAIN ramdam na mula ng pumasok ang 2018,” Robredo said.

The vice president also questioned the need to amend the current Philippine Constitution and to shift into the federal government.

She insisted that there are more pressing issues that the government should focus on.

“Bakit ang pinagtutuunan natin ng pansin ay iyong Charter Change na hindi naman siya ang sagot sa pagtaas ng presyo. Hindi naman siya ang sagot sa kahirapan,” said the vice president.

Robredo, meanwhile, confirmed that she will attend President Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA) to know about his plans for his remaining years in office. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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Makabayan Bloc seeks probe on alleged Chinese influence in Marawi rehab works

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Opposition congressmen want to probe ongoing rehabilitation works in Marawi City.

On Wednesday, representatives from the Makabayan bloc filed a resolution seeking for an investigation into an alleged report that some Chinese corporations are getting the favor of the government to manage the rehabilitation works in the war-torn city.

Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate accused the administration of taking advantage of the martial law to serve the interest of said Chinese firms.

“Bilyon-bilyon ang gugugulin ng gobyerno pero sa ngayon kahit nga residente ng Marawi ay at a lost (kung) ano ba talaga ang tunay na plano sa Marawi,”Zarate said

(The government will spend billions but until now the residents are at a loss as to what really is the government’s plan for Marawi.)

Civic groups, meanwhile, expressed concern over the proposed construction of a military base in “ground zero” or in the main battle area in Marawi.

“Pag nilagyan kame ng malaking military garisson sa loob ng main affected areas baka sa mga susunod na panahon atakihin nanaman nila uli ang Marawi,” said Drieza Liningding, Head of a civil society group in Marawi City.

(If they construct a military garrison inside the main affected area, time might come that they (terrorists) would attack Marawi again.)

Meanwhile, the group also calls on the House Committee on Human Rights to probe on reports of abuse of human rights of the residents in the war-torn city. – Grace Casin / Marje Pelayo

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Gov’t employees want P16,000 monthly minimum wage

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

 

Representatives of the workers group, COURAGE

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Government employees want an increase in their monthly minimum wage.

According to Ferdinand Gaite, the national president of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) they want to receive at least P16,000 per month because the current P10,510 is not sufficient to support their family’s monthly needs.

“Ito biro namin…our take-home pay is not even enough to take us home,” said Gaite.

(We would joke about how our take-home pay is so low that it’s not even enough to take us home.)

Gaite cited as an example the monthly take-home pay of employees in class six municipalities amounting to only P6,831 pesos, is way lower than what they are receiving.

“Ang pinapangarap na lang ng mga maliliit na mga manggagawa, makakain ng tatlong beses isang araw,” he lamented.

(All that an ordinary worker can hope for is to be able to eat three times a day.)

The group asked  the government to also consider their situation and that they also deserve just as much pay increase as soldiers and policemen.

“Tao rin naman kami. Iyong kanilang pangangailangan ay pangangailangan din naming,” said Erwin Lanuza, a member of the Quezon City Hall Union.

(We are also human. We have the same needs.)

For its part, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) remains optimistic that the prices of goods will become stable in the coming months because the National Food Authority’s (NFA) replenishment for its rice buffer stock has already arrived.

The agency also hopes that the prices of oil will drop soon following meetings of oil-producing countries this month.

The prices of rice and oil fuel are the main factors for the rise in the country’s inflation rate.

“Ang tantsa talaga namin is itong latter half mas magiging normalize na yung ating situwasyon ng mga presyo,” said NEDA Undersecretary Rose Edillon.

(Based on our estimate, prices will normalize in the latter half of the year.)

Edillon also confirmed that by September, the unconditional cash transfer will be received by 10 million of the poorest families in the country as part of the government’s mitigating measures against the impact of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law. —  Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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