The National chairman of the Democratic Independent Workers Association partylist said he is confident that they will again get a seat in this year's election despite the tight competition with other groups.
Retired Gen. Edgardo Aglipay who was in Bacolod to campaign for the partylist group yesterday, said that DIWA was never confronted with controversies and has been doing legitimate work for the welfare of the working class.
DIWA partylist is represented by his daughter Emmeline, a lawyer, and one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives, he said.
Aglipay said she was one of the authors the Republic Act 10361 or the Kasambahay Law and has proposed bills that protect the welfare and dignity of workers, repatriation of abused overseas Filipino workers, Magna Carta for informal sector workers, and the non-contractualization bill.
In Bacolod City, DIWA has provided 20 scholars this year who received P5,000 each, Pete Pico, DIWA partylist national president, also said.
Pico, a Negrense, said they have 900 scholars all over the country who are enrolled in 35 state colleges and universities. They have provided P13.5 million in scholarships in the last three years, he said.
Negrenses can also avail the P300,000 financial assistance of DIWA for their medical needs, he said. Patients and their families can avail the assistance through their Bacolod coordinator Cristita Redil at the church of Iglesia Filipina Independiente at Burgos-Gatuslao Streets, Pico said.
DIWA has also built a daycare center at Brgy. Felisa in Bacolod and a farmers' center at Silapay City that caters to workers' complaints in District 6 and other areas in Negros Occidental, he added.
Aglipay said DIWA is the coalition partner of the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators, Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations, Tribal Coalition of Mindanao, United Filipino Seafarers, Blessed Association of Retired Persons, and Police Hotline Movement, Inc. *LTG