This is how Bayan Muna Rep. Carlo Isagani Zarate described the P20 increase in the minimum wage of workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) recently announced the slight hike in the minimum daily wage in Metro Manila starting next month.
But the militant solon does not welcome the in crease as he stressed workers are asking for decent wages, not alms, from the government.
”Nakakainsulto ang P20 na sinasabing dagdag na sahod para sa mga manggagawa sa NCR na inaprubahan ng wage board dahil parang nanlilimos ang mga mangagawa sa ibinigay nila,” Zarate said.
Militant lawmakers are pushing for a P750 minimun wage for the daily paid workers.
Zarate said despite the removal of withholding taxes of low-salaried workers, they were not spared from paying indirect taxes.
“Ang kahilingan ng mga manggagawa ay ang P750 dagdag na arawang sahod para makaalwan man lang sa hirap ng buhay sa ngayon na lalung pinalala ng epekto ng TRAIN at iba pang kontra-mahihirap na patakaran ng gobyernong Duterte,” Zarate said.
The solon added that with the Philippine peso at its weakest now — at P54 to the dollar — in almost 12 years, this would also entail capital flight especially portfolio investments.
High inflation also adds to the burden of the Filipinos.
“Regardless of the reason behind the strengthening of the dollar or the weakening of the peso, the end result is the same, the already small purchasing power of Filipino families further gets corroded,” added the Davao-based solon.
“Sa ganitong kalagayan mas tumitindi ngayon ang pangangailangan na madaliin at iprioritize na as urgent ng Malacanang ang House Bill 7787 o ang P750 national minimum wage at ang House Bill 7653 o ang pagrepeal sa TRAIN law. Hindi talaga uubra ang P21 na dagdag sahod, sa totoo lang apat na sili na lang ang mabibili nito sa taas ng bilihin,”.Zarate said.
The minimum daily wage in Metro Manila is currently P512, following the approval of a wage hike in September 2017.