Spokesperson Ronald Ian Evidente of Kilusang Mayo Uno yesterday challenged the labor representatives on the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to fight for the reasonable wage hike for local workers.
If they cannot do anything about it, “they should step down from their posts,” Evidente said of the wage hike at a press conference yesterday at the Negros Press Club in Bacolod City.
The National Wages and Productivity Board evaluates and studies the cost of living in the Philippines and discuss it with the RTWPB, however, the latter does not does not act to realize what is suggested by the former NWPB, he claimed.
Hundreds join walk
for salary hike
Hundreds of farm workers and members of progressive organizations joined the four-day, 100-kilometer walk from Escalante City, Negros Occidental, that started Tuesday and will arrive in Bacolod City Saturday in support of the call for a P125 wage increase, Christian Tuayon, secretary general of Bayan Negros, said yesterday at a press conference.
The event is their support to the efforts of progressive partylists pushing for the wage increase in Congress, Tuayon said. It also calls for a moratorium of the value added tax on petroleum products and the abolishment of the Oil Deregulation Law, pointing out the constant increase of fuel products that affected local drivers.
The group will march at 9 a.m. from the Provincial Capitol Lagoon to the Bacolod City Public Plaza, and stage a torch parade and cultural night at the Fountain of Justice, on the same day.
SP seeks magna carta
to protect sugar industry
The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental yesterday approved a resolution requesting Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. to create a technical working group, that will formulate the magna carta aimed at protecting the sugar industry.
Under the ASEAN Free Trade Area agreement, the Philippines will be faced with entry of cheaper imported sugar, much of it highly subsidized by their governments, at a zero-free tariff in 2015. At present, there is a 35 percent tariff on imported sugar.
Before the implementation of AFTA in 2015, Board Member Miller Serondo, chairperson of the SP committee on Agriculture, who authored the resolution, said the government should have established enough protection for the sugar industry.