MANILA, Philippines – Employees from several government agencies in Quezon City staged a protest on Wednesday (August 30) calling for an increase in their monthly salary.
The protest was joined in by workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the National Food Authority (NFA), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and the local government of Quezon City.
According to the group Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE), the government should allow the P16,000 minimum wage for workers in the government and private sector and work to end contractualization as promised by President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Sabi niya contractualization has to stop under my administration, ikalawa sinabi niya rin nangako siya na itataas niya ang sahod ng mga pulis, sundalo, at mga guro,” said the group’s national president Ferdinand Gaite.
The group claimed that labor woes have worsened under the Duterte administration. In fact, based on the group’s record, government agencies with the most number of contractual employees at present include DPWH, DOH, DSWD, DA, DOTr, and DepEd.
“Ang Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas Article 13 Section 3 ang sinasabi ang lahat ng manggagawa mapa pribado man o mapapubliko ay dapat tinitiyak na mayroon silang nakabubuhay na sahod o family living wage,” said Gaite.
“Iyong mga contractual gawin na ring regular kasi antagal-tagal na niyan. Patong-patong na nagiging problema ng bansa naiiwanan na yung mga pangako ng ating pangulo,” said Romy Planas, an employee from NFA.
Workers are hoping to hear a positive decision from the administration regarding the matter. – Marje Pelayo (with report from Cathy Maglalang)