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Church official: Don’t forget private workers

May 1, 2012
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A day after President Benigno Aquino announced a “substantial” salary adjustment for state workers, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Monday asked Malacañang not to forget the workers in the private sector.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP’s National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA), issued the appeal in time for today’s observance of Labor Day.

The prelate said the administration should also grant a wage increase to ordinary workers and not just to government workers in view of the rising prices of basic commodities and fuel.

“I hope it’s not only the government workers… the ordinary workers should get something because they are the backbone of our society,” said Pabillo.

“We continue to appeal for a wage increase. The prices of basic commodities and fuel continue to rise yet the wage that the people are getting remains stagnant. The people are already hard-up,” he added.

In Malacañang, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said: “There will be good news, definitely.”

However, Lacierda said he will leave it up to the president to announce the good news to the workers, possibly in a dialogue with labor groups set at the Heroes’ Hall of Malacañang at 10 a.m. today.

“I don’t want to preempt the President. There’s a plan (for Labor Day). Let’s just wait for the meeting to happen and he will lay out what’s in store for them,” he said.

He said the meeting of the President with various labor groups would be an avenue to hear about the plight of Filipino workers.

“It is always good to dialogue with the groups. Definitely, the President will hear out what their concerns are,” Lacierda said.

Report from Manila Bulletin


  • Julie Cusa

    Let us not forget that 90% of the jobs in the Philippines is provided by small and medium scale industries. Only 10% are provided by mega companies. If we push the small and medium scale industries to increase wages beyond their capabilities- they can close down or retrench workers- then we will be adding to the unemployed-why don’t we help the small and medium scale industries so they can continually provide for the employment that our people badly needs.

  • Luke Moortgat

    Private sector earns the money for the government sector. Better support the private sector so that they can hire more people.

    Just increasing wages because prices go up creates more inflation. It is like running after your own shadow.

    Work more effectively, attrack more investments.

    Let us make good new product people are willing to pay for.

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