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.
Meanwhile, Ronald Ian Evidente of Kilusang Mayo Uno said they will launch a dinner-for-a-cause for the Workers in Negros Solidarity, a fund raising campaign for the P125 wage hike.
He said the meal will be P125 symbolizing the 125 years of struggle of “lowly workers.” * LTG