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Proposed P125 wage hike better than nothing – bishop

/ 07:52 PM September 12, 2016
LABOR activists press for a legislated P125 wage increase in the strawberry fields of Benguet, where a House subcommittee held a hearing on salaries. VINCENT CABREZA/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

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THE P 125 across-the-board proposed wage hike is not enough, but it’s better than nothing.

This was the opinion of a Catholic bishop, who stressed the need for higher salaries for workers given the rising prices of basic commodities.

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Manila auxiliary bishop Broderick Pabillo noted that workers’ wages have not been adjusted for quite some time, as he welcomed proposals to hike their pay by P 125 a day.

“We always urge that workers’ salaries be raised, because their salaries don’t increase even if the prices of basic goods go up,” he said.

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Pabillo is also the chairperson of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ Episcopal Commission on the Laity.

He noted that although the P 125 proposed across-the-board wage hike is not enough, it’s still better than nothing.

“It seems the proposed wage hike is not enough. But at least P 125 a day, it’s substantial for a lot of people,” the Manila auxiliary bishop said.

Earlier, the Department of Labor and Employment ordered its regional tripartite wages and productivity boards to review of the P 125 across-the-board wage hike proposal.

Pabillo noted that workers’ salaries have not seen an increase in a long time, as he expressed hope that the proposal will be approved soon.

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