In marking Labor Day this year, it is opportune to heighten the call for a nationwide wage increase.
The economic crisis that is besetting our country is only becoming more glaring and undeniable and a wage increase can ease the burden of most of our countrymen. In the recent data released by IBON Foundation last March, the minimum daily wage in the National Capital Region is only 404 pesos, not even half of the estimated cost of living for a family with five members which is 917 pesos.
In the Cordillera Region, the minimum daily wage is at 255 to 272 pesos in the Agriculture sector while 238-254 pesos in the non-agriculture sector. This is evidently an insufficient amount to sustain a decent living given the living conditions in the region. If the government is undermining the probability of the wage increase by saying that it will harm the industries and eventually the economy in general, we are unconvinced. These industries are earning millions a day and it is unlikely that they cannot compensate well for the workers who fuel their production and essentially give life to their businesses.
With that, we join the legion of workers in demanding for a national wage increase now!
This increase is justified and not giving it to the people will only prove that Aquino’s interests do not square with us, the Filipino people.
COLLEGE EDITOR’S GUILD OF THE PHILIPPINES BAGUIO-BENGUET