CEBU CITY- The Associated Labor Unions- Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) here is asking for a P386 daily wage increase for Central Visayas.
ALU-TUCP President Raymond Democrito Mendoza said the petition is timely since the present daily wage hike in the region is not enough to sustain even the the basic needs of the families of the minimum wage earners.
The present minimum wage is just P386 which Mendoza described as “poverty wage” or “survival wage.”
“Giawhag gyud namo ang wage board nga palihug na tawn oi. On bended knees, we appeal to them,” Mendoza told the local media in a press con at the Mariner’s Court near the Pier 1.
Mendoza who is also the incumbent TUCP party-list congressman explained that their studies revealed that the purchasing power of the present daily wage is even lower than what the workers are receiving, adding, that the present wage is below the poverty threshold salary of P12, 696.00 per month.
Mendoza disclosed the TUCP might opt for a legislated wage increase and push for the abolition of the wage board if the RTWPB will not act on their petition.
“Problema anang wage board sa kongreso daghan ang miingon nga ipa-abolish na labi na ang Makabayan bloc, kami sa TUCP naghuna-huna mi ana,” Mendoza hinted.
The RTWPB however earlier junked an earlier P150 wage hike petition filed in January this year by the Cebu Labor Coalition citing the lack of supervening condition.
There is a one-year ban rule that has not yet lapsed since the RTWPB chaired by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Johnson Canete just approved a P20 wage increase last August 2018.
TUCP national Vice President Eva Arcos cited several supervening conditions and statistical data prompting Atty. Nora Analyn Demetrio-Diego, the ALU-TUCP Vice President for Central Visayas, to air her optimism that the wage board will grant their petition.
“If we based it on the trend from thirteen ni-improve, so its improving, ug therefore if makuha nato ang katunga lang ana that would be a big help not only for me but for all of us,” Diego said.
Meanwhile, ALU-TUCP has announced the 12 senatorial candidates that they are supporting for the May 13 elections.
The 12 are former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go, Grace Poe, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, Bam Aquino, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, Nancy Binay, Pia Cayetano, Imee Marcos, Francis Tolentino, Sonny Matula and Neri Colmenares.
“After consultations with TUCP leaders and the heads of our affiliates, these are the Senatorial candidates that our members believe and feel can help sponsor, support and pass legislation which will address the concerns of workers and their families through legislative policy-making,” Mendoza declared in a statement.