Gov’t readies nonwage benefits

70 job fairs to highlight Labor Day celebration

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The government would unveil “nonwage” benefits on Labor Day, Malacañang said Sunday, as it exhorted Filipinos to seize some 400,000 jobs in job fairs to be held Tuesday across the country.

President Aquino would meet with labor leaders in a breakfast dialogue on Tuesday in Malacañang, but the country’s workforce shouldn’t expect any announcement of wage benefits, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

“Well, the President is going to sit down with them in the usual dialogue with labor and to also help Secretary (Rosalinda) Baldoz appeal to the workers’ sector … to wait for the unveiling of the package. That’s nonwage benefits,” Valte said.

Valte said the public should withhold comment on the package until this is presented.

Before the Palace unveiled the package of nonwage benefits, Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) described the minimum pay in the country as “starvation wages.”

“The minimum wage cannot buy a working class family its daily bread. The Constitution mandates that a worker receive a living wage. Instead, the regional wage boards prescribed a libing (burial) wage,” PM secretary general Judy Miranda said in a statement sent to the Inquirer.

The group said its own study of the cost of living for a family of six in Metro Manila showed that it had already reached P1,217 a day.

“This estimate shows that the gap between the P456 minimum wage in (Metro Manila) and the present cost of living is a yawning P761, or 167 percent of the ordinary wage. Even if both parents work—which is the buy-one, take-one policy of the government—then their combined income will not be enough to feed the entire family,” Miranda said.

The group’s cost of living estimate did not provide for savings and social security, which in the government’s basket of goods and services constitute 10 percent of the cost of living.

Miranda said the study did not include items such as leisure and recreation, and the family budget for health excluded medical expenses.

“If we include such items, and we must in a more accurate survey, then the cost of living will significantly exceed P1,200 per day,” she said.

‘Hopelessly outdated’

She added that “the National Wages and Productivity Council’s cost of living estimate of P917 in 2008 is hopelessly outdated in light of this study and in the face of continuing inflation.”

The militant labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), which is usually not invited to the breakfast dialogue with the President, is gearing up for Labor Day protest rallies that would include the burning of Aquino’s effigy.

KMU chairman Elmer Labog said the President was condoning increases in power and water rates, in prices of oil and other basic goods, and the privatization of public hospitals.

Jobless growth

“The burden on the Filipino workers and urban poor is getting more and more unbearable because of Aquino’s subservience to the dictates of the United States and of his big capitalists cohorts,” Labog said.

Officials of the moderate Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) vowed to raise unmet labor issues and “jobless growth” on Tuesday’s pre-Labor Day breakfast with Aquino at the Heroes Hall.

“On top of the agenda is this so-called jobless growth. There has been a pronounced improvement in the economy but this growth does not translate to generate opportunities for employment,” TUCP secretary general Gerard Seno said in a statement.

In 2012, the country posted a 6.6-percent gross domestic product growth compared with Thailand’s 6.4 percent, Indonesia’s 6.2 percent, Malaysia’s 5.6 percent, Vietnam’s 5 percent and Singapore’s 1.2 percent.

But citing the National Statistics Office, the TUCP said there were 2.89 million unemployed Filipinos and 7.934 million underemployed Filipinos in January 2013.

The “all-time high” underemployment rate in six years was recorded in July 2012 at 8.55 million, it added.

Poverty incidence

Besides the big number of unemployed and underemployed, poverty incidence in the country has remained unchanged over the past six years despite economic growth.

Poverty incidence in the first semester of 2012 stood at 27.9 percent, “practically unchanged” from 28.6 percent in 2009 and 28.8 percent in 2006, the National Statistical Coordination Board announced on April 23.

The high poverty incidence showed that the benefits of economic growth were not trickling down to the poor.

Valte said that the last time she checked, the unemployment rate was going down. “We see that the trend is going down,” she said.

70 job fairs

As part of Labor Day celebrations, the Department of Labor and Employment would open 70 job fairs in the country’s 16 regions on Tuesday, she said.

“So there are over 400,000 jobs that will be available—both local and overseas job opportunities that will be available in the 70 job fairs. And we encourage everybody to go to those job fairs and see what these have in store for you,” she said.

The TUCP said that high on the agenda of Tuesday’s dialogue with the President were issues such as employment and job creation, contractualization, social protection, right to self-organization and collective bargaining, wage increase, tripartism and social dialogue, and labor dispute settlement.

In a paper submitted to the Tripartite Industry and Peace Council, the Associated Labor Unions-TUCP recommended that the administration:

— Prioritize the creation of “decent” and productive employment.

— Ensure approval of the security of tenure bill.

— Direct labor officials to review outsourcing policies in the banking sector and other industries.

— Set up a commission on industrial policy.

— Craft a clear industrial policy.

Mural, effigy

The KMU said it was preparing a mural and an effigy that would be showcased on May 1. The mural, measuring 15 by 24 feet, depicts Aquino dressed as a clown and hounded by workers, peasants, urban poor and other sectors while hanging on an airplane piloted by US President Barack Obama.

Created by painter and printmaker Orlando Castillo, former president of the Art Association of the Philippines and founding member of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, the mural will be unveiled at a program in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila.

Other artworks by various artists will be highlighted on Labor Day, according to Labog.

“They depict suffering and lies being inflicted on the Filipino workers by President Noynoy Aquino,” he added.

Labog said Castillo’s mural “also shows the growing anger of the Filipino people against Aquino’s antipoor policies, betrayal of the people, and puppetry to the US. Anger at Aquino’s propaganda stunts aimed at deceiving the public is intensifying.”

The 10-feet tall effigy being created by artists from UgatLahi Artist Collective depicts Aquino and Obama as two serpents around an electric post.

The concept was inspired by the symbol for universal healthcare, according to KMU.

The effigy would be burned at around 5 p.m. at the Chino Roces bridge (formerly Mendiola) in Manila to mark the closing of this year’s Labor Day protests.

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  • arao_liwanag

    Lamunin mo lang yong non wage benefits na panloloko mo. BAKLA, supot. alyas lolipop.

    • desi derata

      Ikaw ang bakla, hindot ka.

      • arao_liwanag

        Bakit hinihindot kaba ni bakla.

  • Tommy

    See, this started out as a legitimate news story and quickly degenerated into militant group propaganda.

    I skimmed through that statement, and really, while it’s clear that more needs to be done for the poorest sectors, those idiots are clearly not the people to get advice from.

    I mean, the administration ‘condoning’ increases in prices of things like oil? Do those idiots not realize that oil prices are dictated by a global market? That the leader of an impoverished country does not have the power to affect such, and that offering subsidies to keep the prices constant would make MANY other initiatives unfeasible? We are a poor country, and we have a limited budget, and yet these utter idiots want us to somehow find money to double (or whatever) minimum wages and subsidize EVERYTHING.

    Articles like this clearly show why so many militant groups are simply not worth listening to. They’ve completely lost touch with reality.

    • Bisaya

      indeed. they are but noisy pessimistic people. to them everything is not good enough. want increase here and increase there without considering the ramifications. a bunch of bird brains (no offense to the birds).

      • Count du Fount de Cakes

        none taken… hahahaha

      • yaonglaan

        Mga asa lang kasi nasa isip talangka pa

      • Bisdak_kaayo

        ahem, isip isip

        PNOY better than Arroyo?

        Basahin niyo nga ito quote ko galing sa taas.

        The “all-time high” underemployment rate in six years was recorded in July 2012 at 8.55 million, it added.

        bakit naging ALL TIME HIGH ang underemployment RATE gayong INVESTMENT GRADE na ang PINAS?

        abir, mga PNOY alipores pakipaliwanAg.

      • Magsasaka

        eh wangwang lang naman nabawasan ang pagnanakaw hindi

      • Magsasaka

        sa katulad mong ang babaw mag isip at hindi naisip ko ilang beses ng tumaas ang presyo ng basic needs ng tao ano sa palagay mo ang dapat?siguro matututo ka ng tama kapag nabiktima ka ng mga taong kapit sa patalim

      • Bisaya

        i don’t want to be dragged down to your level of squatter way of thinking. but for charity, i tell you another secret to get out of your minimum wage salary. you work hard and get promoted. anybody who stays at the bottom deserves to be at the bottom. after you get a better salary, start investing and you can make millions in less than 5 years. my advise stops here. if you want to know more secrets in getting rich, you will have to pay me for consulting. and please stop using luna’s name. it doesn’t match with your iq.

      • Magsasaka

        bottom or not majority of the workers should live a decent life, another !diot who wants everybody to become millionaire hahaha, on the other hand your intellectual capacity is way beyond with my bisayan friends

      • Bisaya

        everyone should be a millionaire. everyone deserves a better life. those who don’t want to be one is either a hyp0critical m0r0n or lunatic like you. your’s is a squatter mentality that only wants dole outs like kmu here. yesterday they already gathered in the streets for protest. don’t they have work? or they are already professional protesters?

    • Concur_Dissent

      for the record, all the multi-national companies with factories in the Philippines during the late 70s and 80s were decimated and closed shop because of the KMU. Their clout was so solid, far and wide and across all industries that even a factory with less than a hundred laborers were able to almost dictate the minimum wages for union members… In the short term, they were successful, but eventually, the cost of labor plus work disruptions drove away the likes of barbie doll factories, florsheim shoes, addidas, puma, J&J, etc etc

      Since then, those poor laborers blinded by promises of KMU has since grown old and lived a life of poverty while the new breed of a strong labour force is still led by the same labor groups who caused and fed off the misery of the older generations… kakainin di kayo ng buhay ng KMU…. kayo mawawalan ng trabaho dahil sa mga welga pero mga “labor representatives” nyo nag sisitabaan…

      • Bisaya

        this is the other face of the story that this union/militant movement don’t want us to know. they are parasites sucking the blood of those who are trying to make a living. i personally know of a factory in taguig which eventually closed because workers refused to work and picket outside the factory. the union demand is too stiff for the factory. as you guess it, kmu is there. this factory has been there for like 7 years. not only the factory workers get displaced, but also the shopowners and vendors who sells food outside the factory. the trike drivers are also affected.

    • Guest

      tama.
      kayo sa KMU at partido manggagawa, may messenger o janitor ba kayo?
      magkano pa-sweldo nyo?
      P1,217.00 a day???

    • Simplify1

      With the advent of the computer and internet age, business owners, entrepeneurs and even government officials should follow the cue of business managers from the industrialized countries… These countries do not descriminate job applicants based on age or their so called “pleasing personalities” as philippine employers deem requisites….

      The filipino managers in general require and prefer youth and beauty over maturity and experience… Experienced and matured skilled workers in the Philippines are put out to pasture while business owners prefer to train their “new breed”… FAIL!! This is a very innefective and innefficient way of doing business….

      • Magsasaka

        eh nakakatipid kasi sila sa pasweldo kapag newly grad minimum lang

      • Simplify1

        tama, but in the long run the company loses… new grads means training cost that they would not have otherwise need to spend if they kept the experienced ones….

        retirement packages that companies prefer to spend to put out to pastures their older employees but also in the process lose forever the talents that these companies themselves painstakingly created and nurtured….

        the growth of the continuity of good business practice is stunted. It is a natural progression that employees learn how to address instances where they previously erred. When the new employee comes in, it is square one all over again… for sure, this new employee will also face those instances that the older employee already knew how to address… sayang oras nanaman…

        Loyalty to the company is not firmly entrenched for companies that experience’s frequent turn overs…

        I can go on and on, but I hope you get the picture

      • Tommy

        Physical attractiveness and race definitely shouldn’t be bases for hiring. However, other factors, such as educational achievement, experience, and age certainly should be.

        And foreign companies don’t discriminate on personality OUT LOUD. Work environments are valuable things, and multinationals tend to look at how people would fit in. Certain jobs, such as being a waiter, also do require a good personality.

        So I disagree completely, basically.

      • Simplify1

        And i’m sure that you haven’t gone or lived in any advance western country, then you would have seen airline cabin crews (stewardess to you) well into their fifties still happily working… or bank tellers also in their fifties still counting cheques and cash…. or grocery/department store female cashiers who definitely are well into their menopousal years…. In the Philippines, saan ba natin nilalagay ang mga senior workers na hindi naging managers?

      • Tommy

        Typing this message out from the center of Barcelona, where I have been living for the past 8 months, so you would be wrong.

        And anecdotes don’t really invalidate my point that companies will discriminate anyway. Good to see you’ve given up the whole ‘only UP/ADMU’ thing though.

      • Concur_Dissent

        Given up the whole ‘only UP/ADMU thing?? I didn’t even consider mentioning schools… you have a hangup with good quality schools?

        I like Barcelona too, but I just can’t help noticing how many pickpockets there are in Barcelona…. I guess that’s where our home grown talents took their cue…hehehe

      • Tommy

        Ah, apologies, mixed you up with the other guy who was complaining about how local companies put school requirements on their postings.

        And yeah, BCN is gorgeous. The pickpockets are a problem, but really, keep alert in the tourist areas and it’s fine.

      • Tommy

        My post appears to have disappeared.

        But anyways, you’re wrong. I am typing this from the center of Barcelona, where I currently live, and I disagree with you entirely.

      • Bisaya

        discrimination on looks and personality applies on receptionist and modelling jobs. if you work as a skilled engineer, teacher, and other skilled professions, skills is the critical factor. if you work for a call center, english knowledge and fluency is required. case in point, if i am a business owner, i want my competition to discriminate so that i can hire those not so good looking skilled workers. eventually my competition will lose because he discriminates. however this is not the case. skills and experience still the rules of the game. my two cents.

      • Simplify1

        You are right, but I was talking in general terms in that even accounting jobs, IT jobs and the other professional jobs that you mentioned above are ALL POSTED requiring a relatively young age with pleasing personality… and here’s the kicker – PHOTO required!

    • kevinmcn

      these people who run these organisations don’t do it out of the good of their hearts, they raise money & collect money from the government & take wages & salaries. They probably make a very good living at it. if & when they are able to get everyone thinking as they do they will become the elite! Nothing but an old biz model taken from North Korea.

    • Magsasaka

      noong panahon ni macoy may oil stabilization fund, tapos noong umupo si cory ipinanakaw nya sa mga kamaganak nyang swapang din, kung noong panahon ni macoy na laganap ang pagnanakaw nagawa nyang magkaroon ng pondo para sa langis bakit ngayon na wala na kunong pagnanakaw?
      maswerte ka na lang ay hindi minimum ang sahod mo dahil angat ka ng piso hehehe

      • Tommy

        Bigger population, higher oil prices.

        Different situation.

      • Magsasaka

        macoy initiated the oil stabilization fund because of higher oil prices at that time,population was already big at the time, salary and wages were lower so what is your pointless point?

      • ThudOthwacker

        Don’t waste your sweat with that ludicrous Tommy. He is a QUACK of all trades. A quack economist, a quack historian and a quack soothsayer.

        But if your happy to debunk him be my guest.

      • Magsasaka

        hehehe, just trying to educate him

    • Drillon Recto

      And yet this militants leaders are not living in poverty themselves.

    • Platypus09

      I don’t understand why it is easier for us to place all our burdens on our President’s lap, when he is only one-third of how our democratic country works, being the head of the Executive Branch.

      What about the other two-thirds, the Legislative and the Judiciary branches?

      I know that everyone is expecting a whole lot from him being a popular President who has done tremendous positive things to our country, but there should be an equal amount of burdens we should place on the laps of all the members in our Legislative (the Congress) and the Judiciary branches of our government.

      Why can’t we look and criticize the work of all these three braches, and see if they all can get to work together equally for our common good?

      It is not fair to bring our President down to his knees in order to serve us all when most of the budget allocations and all the laws pertain to labor and economic machineries have to come and approved by our Congress.

  • koaks2

    bankrupt

  • Hey_Dudes

    I am not sure who to blame for this new Filipino culture of…….gimmmmme…..gimmmmmme….free this …free that…’we are entitled to everything free……..so says civil society….so says CBCP……etc. etc. All of this sounds good specially if you are the party not shelling out all these free things the new Filipino generation wants. Nobody wants to sweat anymore and more easily achieve by demonstrating on the streets egged on by politicians. CBCP wants more babies . When these babies are fully grown ups, it wants things free naturally ? Me pag-asa pa ba tayo sa ganitong panguugali? This is okay if everyone is paying taxes but only few ones do? Why do you think foreign investors stay away from establishing factories in the country?

    • http://www.facebook.com/wokjack Jack Wok

      naedesign na ang utak ng mga pinoy ng mga walahiyang oligarkiya….parang middle east pinag aaway mga arabo para makuha ang oil.

    • rodben

      In 70’s even the wages of casual employees is high and compensation package is very good to all regulars and no contractual law, still multinational factories are coming-in….maybe because electricity, telephone, water and basic goods are very cheap and no extortion from gov’t officials and from rebels….but this time these factories are go away hindi sila kasi sanay sa KOTONG….at bumabalik ngayon ay mga leisure business like Motel, Hotel, Casino ,Malls kasi kahit na KOTONGAN SILA anytime they can increase their services and employees are all contractuals below minimum wage at no benefits..sa multinationals kasi don’t like contractuals because they want a permanent skilled workers ayaw lang nila KOTONG….maibabalik pa kya ang dati?

    • ThudOthwacker

      “Why do you think foreign investors stay away from establishing factories in the country?” ~Hey_Dudes

      Easy, high generation cost. Blame Cory for her politicking in mothballing the Bataan Nuclear Plant. Ramos for the onerous contracts with the IPPs. And lastly Gloria for signing the law passing the losses to the consumers.

    • Platypus09

      It is up for us to decide, do we have to subsidize the poor ones till they get on their feet and find jobs, or should we leave them alone in the gutter or in slum areas forever?

      We know that economics play in how our country plays on the economic race towards progress.

      Poverty could lead to many things, from high crime rates to low generation of public funds to operationalize public services such as free elementary and high school education, subsidized public transport, sudsidized health care, etc.

  • BoyBakal

    Malacañang said Sunday, as it exhorted Filipinos to seize some 400,000 jobs in job fairs to be held Tuesday across the country.

    400,000jobs in one sitting.
    Bolahin nyo ang lelong ninyong panot.

    • Photogeneratedholes

      400,000 in 70 different sitting nationwide

    • Myth Buster

      Talagang isang panlilinlang yan!!! para lang hindi makapagbigay ng salary increase…ewan ko lang kung aabut sa kalahati ang mabigyan ng trabaho sa job fair na yan…Dapat kasi wage increase at trabaho…yan ang kailangan at isa pa MALAKAS NA ANG EKONOMIYA NATIN sabi ni PNOY…bakit hindi niya yan kayang ibigay sa mga manggagawa??? Ayaw ba niyang diretsong makinabang ang mga naghihirap nating kababayan???

  • monses

    militants are using this issue to gain sympathy from laborers and poor pilipinos.they are one of the main reason why the philippines cannot attract investors.If only the government cares for the welfare of filipino workers only then we can truly say that we are indeed a rising tiger.

  • commentator

    Maybe they should introduce new law which bans age and school discrimination when applying for jobs. Like you should be below 35 years or preferably UP, Ateneo, La Salle or other exclusive schools which are placed in newspaper ads. I think this will be good for labor equality.

    • Tommy

      Follow it up with banning experience requirements! Why not ban interviews and all employee evaluations at that point?

      I mean, seriously. SERIOUSLY.

      • Billy Reyes

        what??? if you will be working as sewerage cleaner or garbage collector probably you don’t need interview. What about those highly technical job….. for example to apply for a chef it even require for a trial to get the job you have to be better than other applicant.

      • Tommy

        Sarcasm. Look it up.

      • edward barroso

        @tommy don’t equate interviews and job experiences to school discrimination. Because it doesn’t follow that a person who graduated from a never heard university will perform below par to others. What is the use of exams and interviews if from the very beginning you are depriving the applicant of being hired for the only reason that he is not a product of a prestigious university.

      • Guest

        @edward barroso: ang sinasabi lang dito, kung employer ka, alam mo na kung yung graduates sa isang university ay pumapasa, halimbawa sa mga licensure exams, ibig sabihin maganda yung training.

        hindi naman sinasabi na walang posibleng magaling sa mga never heard na schools, PERO YUNG CHANCES MO, na makapili ng magaling sa kakaunting applicante pa lang MATAAS, sa mas maiksing panahon.

        ibig sabihin, hindi mo kailangang mag-interview ng napakarami para lang makakuha ng isang sa palagay mo ay makakatulong sa kumpanya mo. bakit mo pahihirapan ang sarili mo sa recruitment?

        malamang hindi ka negosyante, kung sakaling maisip mong mag-business, sige mag-hire ka lang sa mga never heard na school. hanapin mo yung mga above par na sinasabi mo.

      • DerKommissar

        Tommy, this isn’t about not hiring the best most qualified candidate. This is about not accepting resumes from anyone over the age of X or who is not the gender specified in the job posting. You must not be familiar with the Philippines.

      • Tommy

        First, I’m Filipino, born and bred, and I have no idea where you got the idea that I wasn’t. And frankly, it isn’t like those same restrictions aren’t around elsewhere.

        And here’s the thing: those posted restrictions help applicants as much as they do employers. It saves people time spent applying for work they aren’t even going to be considered for.

        If employers want a specific profile for a job, they’ll pick it from among the resumes they take, and even if age requirements were made illegal good luck proving that they’re breaking that law given how subjective the hiring process can be. Even if you force them to not publish requirements they’re going to exercise them internally and applicants will just get their hopes up.

    • DerKommissar

      Very true. Age and sex discrimination is rampant in the Philippines. God help a professional who for whatever reason suffers a job loss after age 30.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000029500532 Sebastian Amadeus Pachelbel

        why then even at past 30 i can go and find jobs easily even if i jump ship from one company to another? it’s bout skills, hardwork and talent

    • Billy Reyes

      ban school discrimination????? Google only accept with the best brain that graduates in the best schools on the planet & if you know 2-3 main languages you have a very good chance.
      The medical students from Oxford University deserve when she/he graduates because that school only accept the best brain.
      The same in the Philippines our best schools deserve a priority for those best companies.
      So what is your point I don’t understand…

      • commentator

        I am just copying the standard of North America (US & Canada) wherein employers don’t require the age and schools in their newspaper ads. This policy is from developed countries not from third world or communist countries.

    • Guest

      galingan mo na lang para makapasa ka ng UPCAT, ACET o DLSUCET.
      then hindi mo na problema yung ‘discrimination.”

      • edward barroso

        HIndi na kaylangan may trabaho na ako.

    • Bisaya

      dude. are you high? try to put yourself in the employer’s shoes. don’t you want your staff to be the best, if you can afford it. labor equality is non-sense. there will be always be inequality. no two person is same. you will be paid per your experience and expertise. if we go with your suggestion, no one will try to excel because they will get paid same as with their co-workers with mediocre skills.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000029500532 Sebastian Amadeus Pachelbel

        tama yan, kaya bumagsak ang communism kasi gusto nila pantay lahat, weder tamad o masipag. kaya mga KMU walang kwenta

      • commentator

        US & Canada do it, so why can’t the Philippines imitate it.

      • Bisaya

        i believe us and canada is not discriminating against gender, race and religion but not skills. will not a big private investing hire only the top guns from reputable schools for its accounts? would they pay millions for mediocre skills? how about google? microsoft? apple? did they not hire only the best out there? communism is dead my friend.

      • commentator

        I am talking here only about the age and schools, not the skills. These companies you mention don’t ask for age, gender, or schools when they post their ads only the skills and experiences. That is what I suggest for the Philippine companies to do not to limit the applicants based on age and schools. That is what I think is democracy, more choices.

  • jinx

    In the aftermath of that building collapse in Bangladesh, I read some news that those workers in that clothing factory were paid a pittance of 38 dollars a month. Can you imagine that? And I guess workers in the manufacturing sector in other Third World countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, and even China ( like those workers for Apple computers) similarly don’t receive a salary we consider as “decent.” My point is, in an increasingly globalized economy, I don’t think demanding for a salary increase is the only path towards gaining headway for the workers. Never mind those leftist groups who are pretending to fight for the workers because their motive is always one that’s detrimental to capitalism. Outsourcing is the name of the game, and even China, a communist country, is a major player. Companies can always pack up and go to other countries, and there find very cheap labor market. If there is somebody to blame, I guess it’s those countries that allow their workers to be paid like beggars.

    • desi derata

      When labor groups became violent in the 1970s, most of the multinationals relocated to Malaysia. Look what Malaysia is now. When labor is not too impatient, prosperity will surely be coming.

      The Filipino labor groups are stupid, why can’t they see the experience of other countries as compared to the Philippines. Even Vietnam and Cambodia are doing better.

      • Magsasaka

        hoy tungaw bago dumating ang 70s maganda ang kalagayan ng manggagawa at ng ekonomiya ng pinas, naging magulo noong magkaroon ng martial law tapos isinisisi mo sa mga karaniwang manggagawa, in english you are barking at the wrong tree, you !diot dog

  • Benigno the Turd

    One solution….tax cuts for middle class and minimum wage earners. Increase household exemptions. Let hard workers keep the money they earned.

  • go88

    How many contractual jobs among those 400 000 jobs offers?

    ‘President Aquino would meet with labor leaders in a breakfast dialogue on Tuesday in Malacañang, but the country’s workforce shouldn’t expect any announcement of wage benefits, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.’

    Well wasn’t that to be expected? Abnoy never had to work to earn money, he is used to an easy life of luxury and never had a job with accountability. All he ever wanted was provided by his family, he even got elected because of his mother. Workers, poors shouldn’t expect any favor from him, for the haciendero scion they’re not human.

    ‘The KMU said it was preparing a mural and an effigy that would be showcased on May 1. The mural, measuring 15 by 24 feet, depicts Aquino dressed as a clown and hounded by workers, peasants, urban poor and other sectors while hanging on an airplane piloted by US President Barack Obama.’

    Nice. I’ll look forward to have a copy in reduced size.

    • Tommy

      Yeah, I wish I had had an easy life of luxury.

      I never had to flee into exile, or see my father assassinated. I never got shot during coup attempts. I also actually was raised by two parents, and DIDN’T lose my father to prison when I was 12.

      That P-Noy, what an easy easy life he’s had.

      • arao_liwanag

        Kasi mga opportunista ang pamilya mo. gusto lang sumakay pero ayaw lumaban para sa bayan kung kinakailangan. katulad ngayon puri ka lang ng puri., baka sakali mapansin ng mga land garabber na pamilya ng bakla at mabigyan ng pabor . pa english english pa itong hinayupak.

      • Tommy

        Akala ng bobo na ako nga talaga si P-Noy.

        Hahahaha, engot!

      • arao_liwanag

        Ngayon ka palang natututo, mali pa bulok. hindi ka si Penoy na, bugok.pero pareho ang pamilya nyo. mga oppotunista may araw din kayo na mawawala kayo sa exsena at nasa basurahan ng kasaysayan mga makapili.

      • Tommy

        Grabe, ang galing mo. Isang comment lang alam mo na ang buong historia ng pamilya ko. Engot ka talaga, hahaha

      • Magsasaka

        naghirap ba sila Pnoy noon?ang tanga tanga mo naman para irelate yong hirap na dinanas nila sa pulitika, nagpaghahalatang kang yellow zombie hehehe

      • Tommy

        Do you call that an ‘easy life’?

        Really? He didn’t have to worry about money, but he grew up without his father. And you call THAT easy?

        Money isn’t everything, which you’d think was evident to a socialist. Or does a large bank account still = evil in your eyes?

  • ThudOthwacker

    Just abolish the 6 to 9 months contractual scheme. If not, then raise the minimum for contractual employees. The government should push for long term employment more. And equal employment law must be created. Beauty is just skin deep. What’s inside the skull count more.

    • Tommy

      That would also put thousands of people out of a job, and would likely close a number of businesses.

      People complain about contract labor, but getting rid of it WOULD significantly increase payroll for many businesses, which would result in several either downsizing or closing.

      So fine, push for that if you want, but if you’re going to do so agree to put your real name and address on the bill so the newly unemployed know who to send their ‘complaints’ to.

      • ThudOthwacker

        Tommy you again? Your talking out of sense as usual. The contractual job scheme is the easy way for a company to cheat the blue collar workers. No health benefits, no retire benefits, no bonus, no job security and no upward mobility.

        Who are the business that enjoy this setup the most? Mostly big businesses like Malls and factories. SM pride itself to have the biggest mall in the world. Yet they treat their lower employees like slaves.

        Japanese and German companies pays well and foster team spirit. In German companies its not unusual to find a second or third generation workers. While in Japan they guaranty job security. Resulting to both countries workers motivated and dedicated. Thus they produced excellent products.

        “People complain about contract labor, but getting rid of it WOULD significantly increase payroll for many businesses, which would result in several either downsizing or closing.” ~Tommy

        Those people need long term job security. Expenditures are part of every business operation. Underpaying the workers the life blood every business is an unwise decision.

        I have a better idea. Share to us your name, address and phone here.So everybody knew who/where to find the idiotic behind the tag name “Tommy”.

      • Tommy

        See, you were talking nonsense again, and having seen the Senate polls, and Nancy Binay set for election, I figured the country was stupid enough without morons like you influencing people who don’t know any better.

        Job security is not a bad thing. The steep drop in employment imposing it would cause is. Oh, and that would not apply only to corporations like SM, but also smaller companies struggling to turn a profit that also need contract labor. You have not actually addressed this point, and have resorted to ridiculous strawmen and meaningless comparisons.

        Case in point, your Japanese / German comparison is ridiculous. Job security can to a certain extent lead to improved productivity, but Japanese and German companies also have the advantages of high wealth levels, strong investments in R&D, and strong industrial bases, along with intangibles such as culture. Citing job security as the reason why they produce superior products only shows that you are clueless.

        Go up to someone working a minimum wage contract job, and ask him whether he’d prefer his current status or unemployment. Go ahead, see what he says. Long term security would be great, but given that it would come at the expense of worsening unemployment, it simply is not happening. And of course, if this happened, being the idiot that you are, you would then blame the increased unemployment on the government, instead of the ridiculous policies you espouse.

        And if I were dumb enough to propose a shortsighted bill that would make the situation while not having any economic or policy knowledge whatsoever, I would at least be brave enough to put my name forward. There is, on the other hand, no need to give my details to a random idiot on the internet.

      • ThudOthwacker

        “The steep drop in employment imposing it would cause is. Oh, and that would not apply only to corporations like SM, but also smaller companies struggling to turn a profit that also need contract labor. You have not actually addressed this point, and have resorted to ridiculous strawmen and meaningless comparisons.” ~Tommy

        LOL You’re talking through your bung hole again. The problem with pretentious like you only believe what you assumed based on fuzzy data.

        R&D, training, buildings, energy, raw materials, salaries and benefits are part of capital expenditures. Every businesses have a business plan in case you don’t know? Provably not. From there they can figure out how many employees they could afford to pay properly.

        These contractual job schemes had been abused for a long time. Companies with more than 50% of the employees under short term contract are abusing the system.

        ” Citing job security as the reason why they produce superior products only shows that you are clueless.” ~Tommy

        LOL Did your dyslexia kick in? I wrote Good working environment and job security produces motivated and dedicated workers. Those are the qualities aside from the skills are hard to find. Companies will fight to have those kind of people in their ranks. Unless the companies are owned by the Chinese. That is the different story.

        “Go up to someone working a minimum wage contract job, and ask him whether he’d prefer his current status or unemployment. Go ahead, see what he says. Long term security would be great, but given that it would come at the expense of worsening unemployment, it simply is not happening. And of course, if this happened, being the idiot that you are, you would then blame the increased unemployment on the government, instead of the ridiculous policies you espouse.” ~Tommy

        LOL You’re sounding more and more a quack soothsayer and a quack economist combine with your hypothesis. Did you know? A bet not. The higher disposable incomes are better for businesses and tax collections.

        Let me share you a business adage to supplement your malnourished mind:

        “When disposable income is high there is high economic growth because people spend more money. And when people spend more money, companies tend to hire more.”

        This adage is true and it runs contrary to your Idiocy.

        “And if I were dumb enough to propose a shortsighted bill that would make the situation while not having any economic or policy knowledge whatsoever, I would at least be brave enough to put my name forward. There is, on the other hand, no need to give my details to a random idiot on the internet.” ~Tommy

        LOL Back off from his own threat. What a weakling IMBECILE!

      • Tommy

        I’m taking an MBA right now, so I know more about business than you, loser.

        Business plans are around, but having one doesn’t make you richer. Do you not even understand basic business? Increasing costs mean less profits. In certain cases, less profits equals net losses. Net losses can mean business closure. Imagine a small business making a small profit that relies on contracted labor. You force them to start employing people full time, and ceteris paribus that means they spend more on payroll, which potentially wipes out their profit. Without that profit the small company closes, and everyone is out of a job. Again, if we want to create jobs and grow the economy, we shouldn’t be implementing laws based on the flawed ideas of ignoramuses like you.

        This really shouldn’t be hard to understand, though as you are a raging moron I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

        I stated that job security helps with motivation, but that there were other, more important factors involved. That clearly was too complicated for you. You also clearly don’t know what dyslexia is, and threw in some ignorant racism for kicks.

        You really have no idea how economics work, do you? Higher disposable income does lead to higher consumption, but moronic initiatives like you are suggesting wouldn’t actually lead to higher average disposable income because most would lose jobs.

        You also clearly don’t know what threats are.

      • ThudOthwacker

        I was almost amazed until I read the “less profit equals net losses” portion. But then it was coming from you. Nothing to be surprise. You make a preposterous thought sound like a normal logic.

        LOL Less profit is still a profit, IDIOT! In fact a “break even point” is the point at which an expenses and revenues are equal.

        ” Imagine a small business making a small profit that relies on contracted labor. You force them to start employing people full time, and ceteris paribus that means they spend more on payroll, which potentially wipes out their profit. Without that profit the small company closes, and everyone is out of a job.” ~Tommy

        I still find it doubtful how you entered grad school. Its basic business to formulate a business plan. Business plan is the road map or strategies and set of goals. Its uncommon to any businesses to adjust midway just to achieve its overall goal.

        Your “centeris paribus” explanation as usually makes no sense. Literally translated as “with other things the same”.

        If a company adjust its fixed cost to accommodated a new labor law. While maintaining its margin.

        Net price + Margin + tax = new price

        How can that be less profit and net loss?

        Don’t try to skirt around this. I want a straight answer from you. You can ask your professor for help. LOL

        “I stated that job security helps with motivation” ~Tommy

        No you never did. This was your response:

        “Citing job security as the reason why they produce superior products only shows that you are clueless” ~Tommy

        You also clearly don’t know what dyslexia is, and threw in some ignorant racism for kicks.” ~Tommy

        LOL Please, I know what it means. Its all about YOU and your reading disability.

        ” Higher disposable income does lead to higher consumption, but moronic initiatives like you are suggesting wouldn’t actually lead to higher average disposable income because most would lose jobs.” ~Tommy

        LOL So your saying who ever comes up with these words

        “When disposable income is high there is high economic growth because people spend more money. And when people spend more money, companies tend to hire more.”

        must be crazy and your not! LOL

        Mr Quack economist I expect answer from my question soon.

      • Tommy

        “Less profit is still a profit, IDIOT!”

        Gross Profits accounts can be negative, retard. Basic accounting. Please don’t pretend you know what you’re talking about, because you clearly don’t.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 1

        “Its basic business to formulate a business plan.”

        Nope, any decent MBA is going to go far beyond that. If you see an MBA advertising that it can teach people how to formulate a business plan, it probably isn’t a very good MBA. Look at the websites of the top global MBA programmes, and most of them won’t even MENTION formulating business plans. MBAs are so much more than one plan, which as we’re about to see you don’t actually understand…

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 2

        “Its uncommon to any businesses to adjust midway just to achieve its overall goal.”

        It’s uncommon for businesses to make MAJOR adjustments. Smaller adjustments are going to happen on pretty much a regular basis. I’ll be nice and only say you’re half barado on this one.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 2.5

        “Your “centeris paribus” explanation as usually makes no sense”

        Aaaaaand you have just shown that you clearly do not understand anything about economics. That concept is seriously one of the first things they teach in class.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 3.5

        “If a company adjust its fixed cost to accommodated a new labor law. While maintaining its margin.”

        Because the increase in price would drive down demand and thus drive down sales, you ignorant idiot. The amount you earn off a sale can remain the same, but if you sell half of what you did, your income decreases. Really, how stupid are you? Di ka barado don, technically, pero sobrang bobo ang sinabi mo, so you’re getting a point.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 4.5

        “No you never did. This was your response:”

        My statement, copied verbatim from my previous post: “Job security can to a certain extent lead to improved productivity”. I didn’t explicitly state that that would have happened due to improved morale, but it was pretty obvious, I thought. Still, I’ll be nice and only give you a half point.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 5

        “LOL Please, I know what it means”

        Nope, dyslexia affects perception of words, and understanding said words. Not actual understanding of sentences, once you actually understand individual words. Wrong again. There may be some variants that do, but I think we both know you were making things up there.

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 6

        “LOL So your saying who ever comes up with these words”

        That statement is true, but economics is more complex than that. I actually did explain it in that very point you just quoted, but you’re clearly too stupid to comprehend it. Not a surprise, as you have zero economic knowledge beyond a bizarre crush on Maggie Thatcher. Di ka barado don, pero bobo ka talaga. Have a bobo point.

        FINAL COUNT:

        Barado si ThudOthwacker Count: 6

        Bobo si ThudOthwacker Count: 1

      • ThudOthwacker

        “Gross Profits accounts can be negative” ~Tommy

        What!? LMAO Stop playing around with words, DOLT. You’re not good of it.

        “Gross Profit” or “Gross Margin” and “Gross Income” is the revenue minus the cost. Agree, DIMWIT? Businesses priced their product safe enough to absorb any unforeseeable future events.

        “”Its basic business to formulate a business plan.”

        Nope, any decent MBA is going to go far beyond that. If you see an MBA advertising that it can teach people how to formulate a business plan, it probably isn’t a very good MBA. Look at the websites of the top global MBA programmes, and most of them won’t even MENTION formulating business plans. MBAs are so much more than one plan, which as we’re about to see you don’t actually understand…” ~Tommy

        See there’s your dyslexia symptoms. I wrote “BASIC BUSINESS”, IDIOT.

        “It’s uncommon for businesses to make MAJOR adjustments. Smaller adjustments are going to happen on pretty much a regular basis.” ~Tommy

        LOL You just contradicted yourself,DUMDUM. I did not mention the word “MAJOR”. Provably your dyslexia again. LOL

        “Aaaaaand you have just shown that you clearly do not understand anything about economics. That concept is seriously one of the first things they teach in class.” ~Tommy

        And then you come up short in expounding it. LOL The literal translation I provided explain it all.

        This is how investopedia(.)com defines it:

        “In economics and finance, the term is used as a shorthand for indicating the effect of one economic variable on another, holding constant all other variables that may affect the second variable.”

        In real world application the formula would be:

        New (variable/fixed) Cost + Margin + Tax = New Price

        You’re stupid not to adjust your price and let your cost eats up your Profit Margin, BONEHEAD. That’s not how to run a business,DUMDUM. Profits is the motivating factor why people engage in business, in case you weren’t been taught that yet.

        “Because the increase in price would drive down demand and thus drive down sales, you ignorant idiot. The amount you earn off a sale can remain the same, but if you sell half of what you did, your income decreases.” ~Tommy

        LOL That is where these phrase comes in:

        “When disposable income is high there is high economic growth because people spend more money. And when people spend more money, companies tend to hire more.”

        Are you connecting all the points now, incoherent IDIOT?

        “That statement is true, but economics is more complex than that. I actually did explain it in that very point you just quoted, but you’re clearly too stupid to comprehend it.” ~Tommy

        LOL No you did not. In fact your statement:

        ” Higher disposable income does lead to higher consumption, but moronic initiatives like you are suggesting wouldn’t actually lead to higher average disposable income because most would lose jobs.” ~Tommy

        Conflicts the second line:

        “And when people spend more money, companies tend to hire more.”

        That is basic supply and demand law. The higher demand for a product. Needs more people producing that product to meet the demand. LOL

        “Not a surprise, as you have zero economic knowledge beyond a bizarre crush on Maggie Thatcher.” ~Tommy

        LOL Still nursing the wound from that forum? I am surprise you didn’t resort to your usual juvenile “Yo Momma” lines.

        Seriously, she’s a real economist than you. She change Britain for good. While you are still wet behind the ears. Have to ask for an allowance from your guardians. LOL

        BTW, Whats with the count? Is the count for me against your ludicrousness or your folly points against me?

        LOL Review you comments again Mr QUACK Economist/Historian/Soothsayer. Too many holes and contradictions. LMAO

        Mag-aral ka muna Tan-g,a.

      • Tommy

        I’d give out barado points, but you’re getting too many already, and I can’t really be bothered.

        “What!? LMAO Stop playing around with words, DOLT. You’re not good of it.”

        Go look it up before you make even more of a fool out of yourself.

        “See there’s your dyslexia symptoms. I wrote “BASIC BUSINESS”, IDIOT.”

        No, I just assumed you had terrible grammar, and didn’t know you were supposed to put in an apostrophe. Your sentence was still grammatically incorrect, and in context it was pretty pointless, but Well done, you get one barado point taken off. I suppose stating the obvious is the extent of your business knowledge.

        “You just contradicted yourself,DUMDUM. I did not mention the word “MAJOR”.”

        No, I didn’t actually contradict anything, I provided clarification. You stated hat adjustments don’t happen, I said major adjustments do not, but smaller ones do, so you were wrong. You still are.

        “And then you come up short in expounding it.”

        It’s literally one of the first things I learned in Econ 11. The fact that you don’t know what Ceteris Paribus means shows that you are completely clueless about economics. It’s one of the most basic principles of the science for a reason.

        And then you argue against it. You’re not smarter than decades of economists. You’re not really much smarter than my dog, and he’s a complete moron.

        “And then you come up short in expounding it.”

        Are you STILL bleating on about that one phrase? It’s correct in a certain context. It is not in this one. Go reread my posts and maybe get an adult to explain them to you before you reply again.

        “LOL No you did not. In fact your statement:” “Conflicts the second line:”

        I never actually said the second bit. That was you.

        Can’t even keep your BS straight, I see.

        “That is basic supply and demand law. The higher demand for a product. Needs more people producing that product to meet the demand. LOL”

        Not in many cases. Machines exist, and can be used for production, and then there’s excess capacity. So you’re completely wrong there again.

        “Still nursing the wound from that forum?”

        Wounds? You’re the one who was proven wrong there with actual facts on multiple occassion.

        “BTW, Whats with the count? Is the count for me against your ludicrousness or your folly points against me?”

        Mostly because I think it’s funny, and it clearly bothers you. Was too lazy to keep it up, but you probably should’ve earned around 2-3 points in this post.

        Must do better, Baradothwhacker. Must do better.

  • xfileFC2

    Sana po mag ingat tayo sa Propaganda ng mga communist… Huwag po sana tayo paloloko sa mga gustong sumira sa Bansa natin… Pa umpisa palang po lumago ang economy natin… kung gusto po talaga ng trabaho marami po huwag lang pipili.

    • Magsasaka

      anong trabaho?sige nga magbigay ka ng halimbawa para malaman naman ng mga nagbabasa ito ang sinasabi mong marami

      • xfileFC2

        Relaks lang po kayo mang kkk…. pwede po naman siguro kayo magtrabaho sa construction…. atsaka sa BPO kung marung po kayo mag English….

      • Magsasaka

        marami ang nag aaply sa construction at marami ang nag aaply sa BPO pero marami pa rin ang walang trabaho dahil kulang ang trabaho kaya nga kung gagamitin mo lang ng kaunti ang utak mo doon mo malalaman na kaya nagagawa ng mga negosyante dito na gawing halos pulubi ang mga manggagawa dahil sa dami nila at kakaunti lang ang trabaho, sa madaling salita madami ang supply kulang ang demand kaya lima singko ang pasweldo sa tao, kuha mo?

      • xfileFC2

        Thank you po sa reply nyo…. hinde lang po naman siguro construction atsaka BPO ang meron tayo sa pinas diba…. tourism atsaka manufactura atsaka agriculture…. kung marunong po kayo mag tanim….

      • xfileFC2

        Ginagawa po ng Government na pumunta sa bansa natin ang mga Investor para magkaruon po tayo ng marami pang pagpipilian na trabaho…. kagaya po ng tourism atsaka manufactura… nasasainyo na lang po kung ano ang makakaya nyo…. “No pain No gain.”

      • Magsasaka

        dahil sa foreign investor umunlad ang pinas?sige nga po magbigay ka kung saang punto ng ating kasaysayan nangyari iyan pero bibigyan kita ng punto kung saan umunlad ang pinas.
        – umunlad ang pinas, naging pangalawa sa japan sa buong asia dahil sa mga patakaran na pinatupad ni pres. carlos p. garcia ang tawag doon ay filipino first policy kung saan protektado ang mga lokal na negosyo dito sa pinas, iyon lang ang formula na nagpaunlad ng ekonomiya ng pinas, ito yaong mga panahon na hindi nagpupunta ang mga pinoy sa abroad dahil maraming trabaho at naging dahilan din para ang mga karatig bansa natin ang mga nagpapunta ng kanilang mamayan upang dito sa pinas ay magtrabaho

      • xfileFC2

        ok Thank you po uli sa reply nyo…. I want you to see the world…. eto po halimbawa sa inyo…. China…. ano po kaya kung yun nandoon sa china na mga Investor pumunta sa pinas atsaka yun pilipinas na ang naging pagawaan ng mga produkto ng buong mundo??? uunlad po ba ang Pilipinas o Hinde??

      • Magsasaka

        nanggaling na sila dito para sa iyong kaalaman umunlad ba tayo?ang china umunlad pero ano kaya ang dahilan?dahil ang china ginaya ang mga produkto ng mga manufacturer na nandoon sa kanila dito ba ginagawa iyan, kapag ginawa mo iyan dito huli ka, kaya nga bagsakan tayo dito ng mga pekeng produkto na galing sa china

      • xfileFC2

        ?????? Iphone po Apple Inc. is an American… pero made in China…. pano po kung maging made in the PI. gets nyo po ba???

      • Magsasaka

        ang babaw mo hehehe, ang tungaw mo naman kung hindi ka pa nakakita ng iphone na peke na binebenta sa halagang 3500.00

      • xfileFC2

        Hay naku…. eto po para sa inyo isang halimbawa, copy paste nyo po…. atsaka search sa youtube….

        “PHILIPPINES Multiplies Growth due to SUPREME quality robust EXPORTS “

      • Magsasaka

        talaga?anu ano naman ang mga iyon?agri products? eh dito nga lumulubog ang sarili nating magsasaka dahil sa mga smuggle na sibuyas galing china

      • xfileFC2

        PHILIPPINES Multiplies Growth due to SUPREME quality robust EXPORTS <<< kaya nga po search nyo yan sa youtube atsaka watch nyo para malaman nyo eh…. lol ps. marunong po ba kayo mag copy and paste??…….

  • Luthmar

    If only those thieves in the government service can moderate their greed, the govt. will have enough money to create more jobs and money to pay labourers. Abolish pork barrels now.

  • Bisaya

    cost of labor in rp is indeed high. factor in the high of cost utilities, it will be very hard for a small to medium size company to earn a decent profit. there is a limit to cost of wages that can sustain a positive job creation. if the wages becomes too costly for these companies, they will take their business somewhere, e.g. bangladesh, vietnam where labor cost is low. it’s a global market btw. would it be better to have a high wage yet few jobs? also it is ridiculous to use a family of six as reference for minimum wage. even 30K/month salary would not give you a decent life with that many mouths to feed and to send to school. put also responsibility to the part of the worker. in this trying times, having more than two children is economic suicide for a middle class family.

    • Magsasaka

      high?you consider it high when a minimum wage cannot even support a decent living, saan ka ba nag aral ng logic mo, balikan mo titser mo at paguntugin nyo mga ulo nyong walang laman

      • Bisaya

        your way of thinking is what i call “kalye /squatter knowledge”. hanggang tyan lang kung mag-isip. even the basic of economics might be difficult for you much less how the real world works. i suggest you “sit-in” a class in econ 101 in up or ateneo before showing off your ign0rance. many people who are minimum wage earners live decently. i know because i came from one. want to know the secret? you match your lifestyle with your family’s earnings. it is commendable that these militant group are pushing for higher wages. however, the government can only do so much. and please don’t use a hero’s name. luna must be rolling in his grave because a m0ron is using his good name.

      • Magsasaka

        huwhatttttt minimum earners living a decent life?are you dreaming?your eco 101 is irrelevant why don’t you re enroll yourself you’re such a slow learner.
        you must be hallucinating you don’t know reality now I understand why your reasoning is mythical hehehe

  • richard butac

    Almost all prosperous countries have wage standard that can support a family of 2 .. If you have kids, they have child assistance program, and then they have the universal health care and free education, if you will compute for 6 members with only one working, then in no way that you can make a good result,, do the math then you will see the obvious..

    • Guest

      all prosperous countries also ASK WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR THEIR COUNTRY, NOT WHAT THEIR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR THEM.

      • Magsasaka

        ayos sa banat ha, alam mo kung ano na ang nagawa ng mahihirap at karaniwang manggagawa sa matagal na panahon para makatulong sa gobyerno iyon ay ang magtiis dahil iyon ang turo ng simbahan at iba pang relihiyon na nabubuhay sa pera, poverty is a blessing yan ang turo ng mga relihiyon dito, hindi mo alam yan?sa ibang bansa walang pasensya ang tao dito napakahaba dahil napanatili silang mangmang ng mga relihiyon

  • Hey_Dudes

    Look what we have become? When the militant farmers in Hacienda Luisita encouraged by GMA and her lapdog Corona ruled in their favor, when they thought things are slower than what they wanted, they burned 36 hectares of sugar land to drive their point across? When NPA’s do not get the freebess they want, they kill or burn equipment, buses from those not wanting to pay revolutionary tax? Back in the 60’s where I used to work (International Harvester McLeod) militant labor killed off this industry along with others like Fordson Tractors, Davidson Tractors etc. etc. We do not need external enemies we kill ourselves very well.

  • TruthLiberates

    “The minimum wage cannot buy a working class family its daily bread. The Constitution mandates that a worker receive a living wage. Instead, the regional wage boards prescribed a libing (burial) wage,” PM secretary general Judy Miranda said in a statement sent to the Inquirer.

    I couldn’t agree more.

    My question is, how long would it take Filipinos to finally realize that? Should we wait for more deaths before we actually do something about it? Maybe we should wait for two more presidents before we do something at all. Maybe we should wait for society to crumble first, allow massive unrest or for society to dissolve into a fifth-world poverty-ridden jungle before we actually do something. Nothing is new anyway. We’re quite used with how sickening things are. I guess, we’re even proud of it because we don’t really seem to care at all like stinking esteros that we pass-by daily and think that’s something to put-up with.

    Filipinos are struck by fatalism. Decades (or maybe centuries) of colonial, feudal, dynastic, dictatorial, oligarchic, plutocratic and now socioeconomic (corporatocratic-banking [that is, ruled by the banks, for the banks]) oppression have rendered Filipinos totally powerless and unconscious.

    • kismaytami

      No need for a libing wage. Dumarami na kasi ang mga lungsod at bayan kung saan libre ang libing, courtesy of local politicians. Huwag lang daw sila kalimutan sa eleksyon. LOL!

    • Tommy

      So what, exactly, do you want done? Which exact policies do you want implemented?

      See, criticism, calling for change, that’s all great. It’s how societies change and improve. But criticizing without actually offering ideas, or worse, offering uninformed, unrealistic ideas (like Miranda does) doesn’t actually help anybody.

      So what exactly do you propose?

      • Magsasaka

        tommy, we need to implement laws that will balance the resources between employee and employer

      • Tommy

        See, I disagree with that. Inequality is a problem, but it isn’t really the main problem. The problem, for me, is that we need more businesses (and thus more competition for workers, and jobs), and we need to kind of raise the living standards of the lowest levels of society. Basically ensure that the poorest have access to decent levels of education, housing, nutrition, etc. Wealth inequality is an issue, but the real issue is that the poorest have no access to a decent standard of life. It doesn’t particularly bother me that people make millions more than I do, it bothers me that some people have no money to buy food.

        ‘Balancing resources’ is fine in theory, but in practice tends to ruin businesses, and generally only works in already wealthy nations.

      • Magsasaka

        then why do you think it happened during pres. carlos p. garcia’ time?

      • Tommy

        What exactly are you referrring to?

      • Magsasaka

        i thought you knew history, pres. carlos p. garcia made everybody happy, workers were happy and so were the businesses.

      • Tommy

        You’re kind of clueless, aren’t you?

        Living standards were higher under Garcia because we hadn’t yet gone through the Marcos years. Now there’s a higher population, less wealth, and the realities of globalization. His policies would simply not work nowadays.

        Get an education, loser.

      • Tommy

        It’s not so much balance that is needed though. The main issue with a lot of what you’re proposing is that you want incomes balanced for balance’s sake.

        The real issue is that the poorest need to be able to earn a decent living wage, and attain a decent standard of life. The fact that there are people earning much more than they doesn’t really affect their lives, beyond their getting angry about it when propagandists trumpet the fact. Inequality in itself just isn’t a problem.

      • Magsasaka

        i am not proposing an income balance for balance sake, only an idiot will think of that, there was a policy before that protects both workers and local businesses it was called Filipino First Policy.
        admit it you, you do not understand anything, well go on live with your dreams hehehe

      • Tommy

        Yeah, you are, even if you aren’t willing to admit it.

        You’re an ignorant socialist, bleating on about policies that would not work today. No wonder no one listens to morons like you.

  • kismaytami

    400K jobs in just a day. Ano ba yan, pooling ng mga recruitment agencies?

  • desi derata

    The last country which the United States would dip its hand is the Philippines. The Filipinos has descended to the lowest rung when it comes to the preferential treatment because of the attiude of the stupid, low-level Filipinos.

    Was an effigy of gloria burned in the past?

    KMU killed so many factories in Metro Manila area in the 1970s. I have a suspicion that the owners of those facories have pooled their remaining resources to silence the Olalias.

    This KMU is the worst of its kind. It thrives when the government is corrupt and employs killers like Palparan. It wants chaos and disorder so that the communists would gain strength and take the country throuh the barrel of the gun.

    “They depict suffering and lies being inflicted on the Filipino workers by President Noynoy Aquino”. Wow, this is a blatant lie that only stupid ones can take.

    Why can’t you Filipinos put your act together in order to free yourselves from poverty?

    Your computation of poverty level for 6 members of the families is an embarassment. The investment money is just coming in and therefore the resources for establishing manufacturing industries is now feasible and now this good-for-nothing leftists is creating an atmosphere of chaos and disorder.

    • Tommy

      Not to defend the KMU, but who on Earth are you and how did you manage to time travel here from the cold war?

  • DerKommissar

    Funny. This article is about the minimum wage not being sufficient to feed a family. If their number is to be believed, many college educated professionals are starving. How many make P40,000 per month? School teachers earn around P16,000/mo; If we are going to have a serious conversation about this topic, let us at least begin with a realistic view of what it is costing a real family to live. I see a lot of healthy, happy, well fed people on the streets every day and virtually none are coming from families earning P40,000 month.

    • Tommy

      Hah!

      I hadn’t actually run the numbers, and yeah, their wage demands are even more ridiculous when you look at what they’re asking for per month. Their numbers are also based off what families of 6 would need, which I find a bit arbitrary.

      I agree with you though. Basically a rational, analysis-based conversation needs to happen around this issue, with people who actually know what they’re talking about, and not random militant groups.

    • foreignerph

      Some verified and recent facts about the pay of school teachers:

      – A licensed public school teacher catches around 13K in Northern Mindanao.
      – No matter how good your grades are or your CV is, it’s always more important who you know than what you know to get a job.
      -. If you don’t have the money to “share” with the DEPED officials, you will end up in the bush in the middle of nowhere in Bukidnon with no internet to prepare your lesson plans. You will then have to travel weekly to Cagayan to buy school supplies (300p fare each time) because the allocated funds are used by the head-master and the bgy captain to fill their pockets. No kidding!
      – To make up, you will receive a full chicken now and then from a well-off farmer if you make his utterly dumb kid a Valedictorian. Guess that’s a “non-wage” benefit.
      – If you know and fed the right people, you will get a job in the city, but beware – the current rate is paying 3 months wage in advance to the school board, the managers, the fixers and the DEPED officials, in cash of course.

      So please stop whining about low wages and poverty if a large part of the money intended for the grassroots “trickles up” again to officials, managers, fixers and politicians, Don’t complain, because “it’s the culture”.

      Follow up: a bright young teacher (that also passed already 1 years masters) thought very carefully about his terminally ill country and took the plane to Bangkok. As Filipinos seem to be prisoners in their own country, he had to spit up an extra 1620p as an exit ransom and another 2000p for the member of the Nazi border patrol to let him board.

      He told me last week he never felt so free in his life as on that plane. After a couple of weeks checking around for schools to work, he signed a contract as a teacher that earns him almost triple as what he would earn in Mindanao, and no-one (surprise!) asked for any bribe. As a bonus, the price level in Bangkok for commodities and gadgets is almost half of that in the Philippines where the customs must rake in a huge “share” of all imports and exports taxes.

      Nothing will change in the Philippines, that’s for sure. The best advice to give is just to get out, to get out asap and never look back. No really skilled worker or professional should waste his life in the Philippines earning almost nothing.

      Thanks for your attention.

  • wawa2172

    Wage or non-wage benefits wont matter. What matters most is, where are the descent jobs. Millions of college graduates are out of job despite the so called economic growth. Unemployment and underemployment is still a big issue and PNoy has no answer to the it. All he wants is a 12-0 vote for Team PNoy and a promise that every Filipinos will get crumbs when his senators get elected. He will now have the control over the judiciary, executive and congress. Will he make the galunggong prices lower and cheaper? I doubt it, hindi nga nagawa nang maybahay na si Mama Cory then so lalo na ang binatang bachelor na si Noy. May 1, simula na naman nang kalbaryo sa mga mangagawa at wala pang trabaho.

    • Tommy

      I find it amazing how badly uninformed so many of the people here are.

      No, there aren’t ‘millions’ of college graduates who are unemployed out there. In fact, the number of unemployed college (or higher) grads has been decreasing steadily since P-Noy took office. The number was 1,178,000 in 2010, and was 868,000 last October. Many of them have jobs in large part due to the economic growth so many on here are so happy to dismiss. Criticism of how that growth isn’t trickling down to the poor is fine, but it certainly is helping the employment situation.

      But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of your ignorant rants.

  • Myth Buster

    Diyan magaling si PNOY…magaling gumawa ng taktika para lang hindi makapagbigay ng salary increase na isa sa mga kailangan ng mga manggagawa…katulad ng PBB sa mga government employees para di na sila mag demand ng salary upgrade…Pero ang problema pa rin aabutin ng siyam-siyam bago maibigay….Kung talagang malakas na ang ekonomiya anu pa ba ang dahilan bakit hindi pwedeng maibigay ang hininging salary increase para diretsong makinabang ang mga manggagawa at kawani ng gobyerno??? Isa pa ang mga bilihin ay halos nagsitaasan na…Anung silbi ng isang bansang malakas ang ekonomiya kung ang mga tao dito ay lugmok sa kahirapan, naghihikaos at walang disenteng trabaho???

  • Billy Reyes

    I blame the population, there are so many people. Family of 6 with the minimum wage earn by only 1 man the mother could not work because she has to take care of the babies, there is no way this could have descent living.

  • Myth Buster

    Tatlong taon pa ang hihintayin bago magkaroon ng pag-asa ang mga tao na magkaroon ng disenteng trabaho at mataas na sahod!!! Wala tayong aasahan sa administrasyon ni PNOY!!!

    • Billy Reyes

      Philippine problem is so deep if ever there is a chance for change you will be dead before that happen, trust me..

  • akoombulator

    no longer third world not quite second world

    • Billy Reyes

      we are in third world because there is no more 4th world countries.

      • Magsasaka

        nyahahaha

  • Jeanne Thompson

    Mas maganda siguro kung bababa ang presyo ng mga bilihin kumpara sa tumaas ang sahod. Cycle na lang kasi eh. Tataas ang sahod tapos after ilang buwan tataas din ang mga bilihin kasi mas mataas na ang overhead cost ng mga kumpanya. Tapos hihingi na naman ng daddag sahod.

    Dapat na tinututukan ng gobyerno ay pababain ang cost ng pagbibusiness dito sa Pinas Humanap ng paraan para bumaba ang presyo ng kuryente, tubig. Dapat ding humanap sila ng paraan na padaliin ang pakikipagtransact ng mga business sa gobyerno tulad ng pagbabayad ng buwis, pagrerenew ng mga lesensya. Kung malaki ang kita ng mga business ay marami ang gaganahan na magbigay ng mga bonus.

    Dapat ang DOST ay nagreresearch na ng public transpo na electricity ang gamit para maibaba din ang presyo ng pamasahe.

    • Billy Reyes

      thank you jeanne best suggestion ever this should be the way in all of our comment here, give some suggestions.
      Agree They should put cycle lane in some major roads so people can save money instead of paying fare. This is very popular in Europe most people cycle.
      Philippines should put more farmers market so that farmers should have place to sell their products to cut the middle man that are the one who get huge profit that’s why is so expensive.

  • Vin

    i am ok with non-wage benefits but what bothers me is how an employee can avail it. there are companies who put to many requirements for them to avail it and thus making them almost inaccessible.

  • Fulpol

    protector of oligarchy…. what do you expect from BS Aquino-Makapili III…

  • imnotstupid

    True that the minimum wages is not enough to fed a family..With the rising cost of commodities and even staple products you can’t buy much even if you make P500 a day..
    But the people who are complaining are the militants who will do everything to discredit the government and the US…so you can be sure that this people are “panggulo”” lang.. This people are product of brainwashing by some interest group…parang mga bayaran para manggulo…

  • black_grass

    akala ko ba lumakas ang ekonomiya last year, bakit wala man lang increase kahit 10pesos?

  • Oscar Diaz

    For senator, vote for #1 ATTY. SAMSON ALCANTARA! Ang Senador ng mga Mangagawa!

    – Founder of Social Justice Society, a political party advocating against political dynasties and for transparency in government spending and for lower oil prices; Bar topnotcher; Labor lawyer; Law professor; Non-traditional politician!

  • Eric

    Kilusang Mayo Uno? what’s new????? ang mag rarally sila sila parin.

  • weeshfulThinker

    1217*26= 31,642? and since it is minimum, there is NO tax. Right? So let us say a store has 4 minimum wage employees, that would be what? ~125K already. Add the Manager, and of course the wage should be standardized so probably, the manager would be taking in around 45k. So for manpower alone, store would already be incurring 170k as expense a month. Taking all this into consideration (I’m not even going to mention utilities and rent), a good businessman would never ever even consider opening a business here in our country.

    I know and understand the predicaments of Filipinos. But they NEED to consider the other aspect (the business’) as well. If these business’ can’t earn money, how can they keep the Filipino’s employment?

    And why keep on blaming the Government? My gosh. And why keep on rallying and burning stuff when they can allocate all these funds and create small businesses wherein their members can earn more.

    • Fulpol

      Henry Sy is one of the richest in the world… so do you think his business is not earning??

      LOL
      LOL

      • weeshfulThinker

        Didn’t say he wasn’t earning. The thing is, you also got to look at the bigger picture. Doesn’t mean that he has tons of business, eh he can afford to pay that large amount of minimum wage already. And if he did, would you think that he’ll continue doing business here in our country? With all the overhead expense, I don’t think so.

      • Magsasaka

        truth is lawmakers, policy makers and businesses are in cohort to dwarf the salary and wages and make their profits out of proportion, poor gets poorer and rich get richer-this is the end product of that laws.

      • Tommy

        Do you believe that most small businesses in the Philippines would survive if the minimum wage was P31,642?

        Yes or no question.

      • Magsasaka

        don’t you know that small businesses are not required to follow the minimum wages?i thought i was debating to intel it turned out it was a non-intel hehehe

      • Tommy

        ‘If your company is a service establishment with not more than 10
        employees, a distressed establishment with a deficit of 20% or more of
        current paid-up capital, or a new business enterprises outside the
        National Capital Region (NCR) or is in an export processing zones, you
        may pay your employees below minimum wage rates on condition that you file a request for exemption from compliance with wage orders with the National Wage and Productivity Council (NWPC).’

        So some don’t, most do.

        Answer the question.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    it’s becoming obvious that the philippines is not getting the correct types of investments to spur economic growth. truth is, the country is at the tail end when it comes to attracting foreign investment in South East ASIA. noynoy during his junket trips abroad bragged about the billion dollar investment pledges and yet, the country couldn’t hardly attract FOI’s.

    although we’ve been hearing about the growth of our gdp it may take more years of continuous growth before it can be felt down to the grass roots of the society. the weird thing about our economy is that, the country’s gdp grew but it failed to create jobs for our growing workforce. in fact, the jobs available has been reduced to less than a million.

    with the increase in the prices of basic commodities, oil, fares, electricity and other needs, a simple folk who’s been earning only 300 to 400 pesos a day can’t hardly manage to live a decent life. much worse many of the filipinos are living below 2 dollar a day. and believe it, those who live in poor provinces are mostly living in just 1 dollar a day. folks from those poor provinces are working day in and day out just to survive.

    aquino promised a drive against corruption but international observers and watchdogs are in unison in claiming that corruption in the country is very much rampant especially in local levels. billions and billions of money are being stolen in the national coffers each year and the government of noynoy grew callous and reluctant about the issue. noynoy’s government couldn’t hardly lift a finger especially when a corrupt officials belongs to his liberal part. proof to that are the 90 plus congressmen who received letters from COA questioning their use of PDAF.

    with the prices of basic commodities shooting up, poverty is widening especially in rural areas. even allies of noynoy acknowledge that poverty is worse in noynoy’s government despite of the 120 billion spent by the current administration to its unaccounted doleout program called CCT.

    recent reports revealed that noyony’s NEDA secretary showed data that would prove that noynoying’s government is not doing enough to solve poverty. this could be the reason why noynoy decided not to include him in his trip to Brunei.

    GDP growth was due to high demands brought about by our booming population coupled with remittances from our OFWs.

  • BoyBakal

    Gov’t readies nonwage benefits…

    This is good news….nonwage benefits in lieu of nonwage increase and non work.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    it’s becoming obvious that the philippines is not getting the correct types of investments to spur economic growth. truth is, the country is at the tail end when it comes to attracting foreign investment in South East ASIA. noynoy during his junket trips abroad bragged about the billion dollar investment pledges and yet, the country couldn’t hardly attract FOI’s.

    although we’ve been hearing about the growth of our gdp it may take more years of continuous growth before it can be felt down to the grass roots of the society. the weird thing about our economy is that, the country’s gdp grew but it failed to create jobs for our growing workforce. in fact, the jobs available has been reduced to less than a million.

    with the increase in the prices of basic commodities, oil, fares, electricity and other needs, a simple folk who’s been earning only 300 to 400 pesos a day can’t hardly manage to live a decent life. much worse many of the filipinos are living below 2 dollar a day. and believe it, those who live in poor provinces are mostly living in just 1 dollar a day. folks from those poor provinces are working day in and day out just to survive.

    aquino promised a drive against corruption but international observers and watchdogs are in unison in claiming that corruption in the country is very much rampant especially in local levels. billions and billions of money are being stolen in the national coffers each year and the government of noynoy grew callous and reluctant about the issue. noynoy’s government couldn’t hardly lift a finger especially when a corrupt officials belongs to his liberal part. proof to that are the 90 plus congressmen who received letters from COA questioning their use of PDAF.

    with the prices of basic commodities shooting up, poverty is widening especially in rural areas. even allies of noynoy acknowledge that poverty is worse in noynoy’s government despite of the 120 billion spent by the current administration to its unaccounted doleout program called CCT.

    recent reports revealed that noyony’s NEDA secretary showed data that would prove that noynoying’s government is not doing enough to solve poverty. this could be the reason why noynoy decided not to include him in his trip to Brunei.

  • TinimbangNgunitKulang

    This is like showing you food that you can not eat but you can only smell. Singhutin na lang ang amoy pero pwera dila.

  • Eric

    any rally headed by the militant group means zero support and sympathy from us, we don’t even believed what you are shouting for..

  • Bisdak_kaayo

    PNOY better than Arroyo?

    Basahin niyo nga ito quote ko galing sa taas.

    The “all-time high” underemployment rate in six years was recorded in July 2012 at 8.55 million, it added.

    bakit naging ALL TIME HIGH ang underemployment RATE gayong INVESTMENT GRADE na ang PINAS?

    abir, mga PNOY alipores pakipaliwanAg.

  • Magsasaka

    ang kailangang kailangan ng ordinaryong manggagawa ay wage increase dahil alam naman ng lahat kung ilang beses ng nagtaas ang presyo ng pangunahing bilihin pero ang inilalatag ng gobyerno ay mga bagay na hindi sagot sa problemang napapanahon

  • RyanE

    Cost of living is indeed high in the urban areas. The government should spread out developments to the rural areas.
    Btw, the cheap products from China is one reason why our local manufacturers are folding out of business resulting to workers losing their jobs. Haven’t KMU noticed this?

  • Boy_Adolf

    if you want to have a high income or salary why don’t you just start your own business???..salary increase without substantial economic development and long term planning is disastrous..look at Greece now.. the govt dance with the unionist for political gain..in return of high wages..now they are in debt…and deep trouble..

    • ThudOthwacker

      What happen to Greece is because of the Euro. It standardized the pay rate across Europe. A small country like Greece whose major industries are tourism and shipping cannot stride along with the advance industrialized northern members. Thatcher saw this problem brewing even before it start.

      • Tommy

        Actually, it was in large part the Greek government borrowed heavily to invest in excess infrastructure, resulting in a structural deficit. That, and the fact that they were dependent on two industries (shipping and tourism) that were heavily affected by the US credit crunch, and tried to compensate by borrowing more cash.

        Oh wait, it’s you. You probably still think it was Maggie Thatcher’s fault, as you’re a complete moron, aren’t you?

  • Drillon Recto

    If Partido ng Manggagawa (forget about KMU) stops wasting their members’ money on protest and other “non-wage’ activities, they will not eat up on the “starvation” or “libing” wages. P1,200 per day? Seriously? What, fine dining and leisure shopping for everybody?

  • magarito

    MU-KMU! MUKANIYO!

  • Ako_Hiking

    Jobless growth or unemployment growth..whatever you want to refer to it as the bottom line is the Aquino Administration has not done a good enough job at creating more jobs. As the NSO backed up, poverty in the country remains high…as in 1 out of 4 Filipinos are suffering from poverty. Aquino’s response to these realities is to attack the NSO and question the accuracy. How about just facing the truth and start fixing the problems that are clearly plaguing the nation??

  • klepto

    mas maganda diyan kung tutuwad ang mga militante para makantot sila ni Panot sa puwet.

  • Corrupt_Jerk

    Filipinos deserve to have a better life living..and not suffering. We are intelligent and with natural born talent.

  • Jake Lopez

    There are so many things that we should increase other than the minimum wage. What use will be a minimum wage increase if prices will increase proportionately rendering any wage increase useless. We should increase productivity instead. Our manufacturing, agricultural, and fishing industries don’t qualify as fully productive enterprises. With a strong peso, factories should import machinery to increase productivity. Farmers should be taught modern farming techniques and soil conditioning. Our natural fisheries resources should be nurtured instead of being ravaged and savaged. We could also introduce modern fish farming technologies. In addition, the cost of electricity should be lowered and the only way to do it is thru nuclear energy. Let’s stop being to righteous when it comes to power generation. Solar and other environmentally friendly sources are simply too expensive at this stage of our economy.

    • Christian Harvey

      well put sir! increasing the minimum wage is not the only solution for it will also have its trickle down effect to the point where the increase in wage will not make any difference as well. any action will always result to another action. they raise the minimum wage, businesses will raise the price of their commodities or simply close. when that happens people will fight over scarce resources and more people will be unemployed. in the end, im quite sure they will ask again to increase minimum wage and demand job creation from the government all over again. so increase in wage is NOT and will NEVER be a solution. =)

    • My mom

      WHAT an irrelevant labor day message!

  • BoyBakal

    Non wage benefits….I hope it is house and lot or a car.

  • Christian Harvey

    kelangan natin na maintindihan na hindi ganun kadali ang magtaas ng sahod dahil lang sinabi na hindi sapat ito sa mahihirap. madali lang itaas ang sahod ng mga manggawa pero aaray naman ang mga business establishments, pag umaray sila malamang magsasara o maglilipat na lang sa ibang lugar to do their business kung saan kikita sila. ngayon kung mangyari yan, kahit gawin natin P2000 pesos ang minimum wage kung wala na trabaho walang kwenta din so kelangan tignan din natin ang hinaing at reaction ng mga business establishments after all they put up their businesses to make a profit hindi lamang para magpasahod ng empleyado. there should be a balancing act wherein both sides will not be in a disadvantage.

    • My mom

      EQUITABLE distribution of wealth is what spurs the agitation for higher wages. The disparity in Asia’s purchasing power for the upper 20 percent versus the lowest 20 percent is worst in the Philippines. Considering that the country’s GDP grew enormously last year, where did the incremental wealth go? Marinig pa lang ang wage hike, lagi naman umaaray ang negosyo. Iyan ay dahil sa ang relasyon ng paggawa sa negosyo ay relasyon ng kutsilyo sa leeg. But here’s truth: the aim of wage hikes is to justly level wealth distribution.

  • My mom

    WALANG pagbabago sa balanse ng kahirapan dahil walang pagbabago sa pamamahagi ng yaman ng bansa. Habang itinotorotot ng Malacanang na economic tiger na ang Pilipinas, bahag ang buntot ng tigre sa pagtaas ng minimum wage. Ang alok na non-wage benefits ay simpleng pag-iwas sa makatarungang pamamahagi ng yaman. Tanging mga ganid na oligarch at maruming pulitiko ang nakikinabang sa yamang nilikha ng manggagawang Pilipino sa loob at labas ng bansa. Igiit ang umento sa minimum wage!

  • potchi25

    Maliit na nga ang sahod, tapos mag-aanak pa ng madami, tsk tsk tsk… You are creating your own problem.

  • Noriel Bernabe

    THE VERY FEW ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE SLACKER PRESIDENT (NOYNOY) SO FAR

    – UN Millennium Development Goals criticized the Philippines for lagging way behind schedule in achieving the targets for improved wellbeing. The Millennium Development Goals is a program for improving indicators on such basic things as bringing down infant mortality, improving nutrition and expanding access to public health care. The global program will end on 2015.

    – The Asian Development Bank, for its part, said that the Philippine government failed to address jobs situation. Our unemployment and underemployment rates have remained largely constant. The so-called “inclusive economic growth” is simply not happening.

    – The country likewise dropped several notches more in the lowest quartile of the Ease of Doing Business Index. The Index surveys government policies and ranks all countries from the most business-friendly to the least. The Philippines under the leadership of noynoy is struggling to make it to the bottom. This is ONE justifiable reason why noynoy’s government barely attracts Foreign Direct Investments. another reason can be attributed to noyony’s cancellation of several contracts administered during the previous administration without justifiable reason. As a result investors’ confidence is low because they do not see that noynoy is even serious in honoring contracts.

    – Up until now, much vaunted PPP has no takers proof that investor’s confidence in noy’s government is very low. the budget for infrastructure is still being withheld because apparently noynoy’s government is still studying them. in short everything else are still drawing.

    – The infernal problem of bureaucratic red-tape has been hounding the cOuntry since time immemorial and the current admin has failed miserably in adressing this vital concern. streamlining bureaucratic processes is very important. However, noynoy aquino’s government can’t figure this out.

    the administration is like a headless chicken running in all directions. the infrastructure planning has always been chaotic and politically driven since noynoy assumed office. distribution of infrastructure projects passes through the prism of political patronage. most importantly, this administration failed to come up with strategic blueprint to support businesses.

    – According to noynoy’s NEDA chief, poverty situation in this country hasn’t changed even after noynoy’s government poured in 120 billion for CCT and an assured budget of 45 billion yearly. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that this government isn’t really doing anything solid to address job mismatch and the lack of job opportunities in this country.

    Yes, the economy’s plight will still remain afloat even is noynoying doesn’t do much on the economic aspect. for one, there’s this big bulk of money coming from OFW remittances. second, the BPO industry has been growing even before noynoy assumed office. third, because of our booming population, consumer demand is high thereby creating an illusion of economic prosperity. Even international observers noted that gdp increase was due to high demand. this is the same reason why multi-national companies gravitated to philippine market..

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