Wage hike

October 31, 2018

PEOPLE believe that the government, through concerned offices and agencies, is capable of upholding the rights and protect the welfare of the working class, the creator of wealth in society.

Due to the skyrocketing prices of goods, particularly rice and other basic commodities, and services, the country’s workers have been clamoring for their right to a just and decent wage.

And to survive the rising cost of living in this poverty-stricken Southeast Asian country of more than 100 million people, the working class wants the government to decree a salary increase.

Aware of the clamor, the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has been conducting public hearings on the proposed wage hike. Attending the hearings are workers and employers. 

Malacañang is hopeful the NWPC, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment, would approve a wage adjustment acceptable to both workers and management in the private sector.

“We hope a decision, which is acceptable to both parties (labor and management), would be made soon,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

At the same time, Panelo assured the Filipino people that the Duterte government is doing its best to tame inflation, adding the price of rice has started to go down.

Everybody agrees that if the government fails to protect the welfare of the labor force, it gives rise to unrest.

But it is reassuring to note that the Office of the President and relevant state agencies are closely monitoring inflation to ensure that the economy will continue to be advantageous to the people.

Certainly, concerned government authorities are addressing the problems of the labor force, doing a delicate balancing act between the workers’ welfare and that of management.