29 April 2012
Dip in Aquino’s ratings due to failure to ease hunger, poverty – KMU
Labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno said today that the recent dip in Pres.
Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s satisfaction rating is due to the
government’s failure to ease hunger and poverty in the country.
A Social Weather Stations survey conducted in March 10-13 showed the
president losing 10 per cent in his approval ratings, getting a net zero
satisfaction on the issue of fighting inflation and negative three on the
issue of oil prices.
“Net satisfaction with Pres. Aquino is decreasing because of his failure
to give the public some form of relief from the soaring prices of
petroleum products as well as of basic goods and services,” said Elmer
“Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson.
“Dissatisfaction with the president on the issue of prices is closely
linked with his failure to provide workers and the poor with types of
relief from hunger and poverty, such as a substantial wage increase,” he
“People are aware of the rising prices and how the oil companies are
taking advantage of oil price hikes. And unless the president takes action
on these issues, satisfaction with his government will likely drop
further,” he said.
KMU noted that the SWS survey was conducted before the People’s Protest
Against Oil Overpricing last March 15, which further exposed the
president’s refusal to bring down oil prices.
It also condemned Malacañang’s reaction to the survey, with Presidential
Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda claiming that poll results show the people’s
“continued appreciation” of the government’s initiatives.
“As usual, Malacañang is turning a blind eye on what the survey says about
the president’s performance, or non-performance, on economic issues,”
“It wants to push through with its economic policies rather than listen to
people who are reeling from the president’s pro-cartel and pro-capitalist
policies,” he said.
“Given Malacañang’s cavalier attitude towards the recent SWS survey, it is
most likely that it will carry on with the policies that have caused
dissatisfaction with the president to rise in the first place,” he added.
Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
29 April 2012
Measly wage hikes will make Labor Day protests bigger – KMU
“Insulting and infuriating!”
This was how labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno described hikes ranging from
P2.00 to P23.00 in workers’ basic wages and allowances in six regions
which were approved by the National Tripartite Wages and Productivity
Boards (NTWPB) last April 27.
According to KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog, “These increases are a
callous insult to workers who have been calling for a substantial wage
hike amidst the growing hunger and poverty among their ranks.”
“It is infuriating that while capitalists continue to rake in billions of
profits from our hard work, we workers get loose change in return. We will
take Aquino to task for this insult on Labor Day,” he added.
The labor center reiterated the study of independent think-tank Ibon
Foundation that the P125 across-the-board wage hike amounts to a mere 12%
reduction in capitalists’ profits.
“Aquino, by continuing to show his pro-capitalist stance, is adding fuel
to workers’ anger at this government. More and more workers are becoming
willing to join not only the Labor Day protest but succeeding protests as
well,” Labog said.
A Day of Reckoning
KMU has tagged this year’s Labor Day as “A day of reckoning” saying
workers will take the Aquino government to task for the widespread and
escalating hunger and poverty in the country.
“It’s time that we workers take Aquino to task for his failure to
alleviate our plight. We will vent our anger at Aquino for denying us any
form of immediate relief from high prices,” Labog said.
“The Filipino workers and people will make Aquino pay for being a faithful
servant of the US and a defender of big capitalists and landlords, and for
inflicting greater suffering on the majority of society,” he added.
Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU chairperson, 0908-1636597
30 April 2012
Two-tiered wage system to further pull down Filipino workers’ incomes –
labor think tank
A labor think tank warned the Department of
Labor and Employment (DOLE) and business groups against pushing the
two-tiered wage system, saying the new wage system will generally pull
down the already meager incomes of Filipino workers instead of raising
Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and
Research (EILER) raised its position against the wage system on the eve of
Labor Day as the labor department readies its implementation for Region
IV-A workers. Recently, the Region IV-A wage board granted a P2-P90 wage
increase with “productivity allowance,” a mode which EILER said is a
transition to the new wage system that is primarily based on productivity.
EILER said the two-tiered wage system, which
provides for a productivity-based pay on top of a mandatory floor wage,
will make wages more vulnerable to downscaling as companies seek to raise
productivity amid the lingering slump in demand from external markets.
“DOLE’s two-tiered wage system will further
render workers’ wages as sacrificial lamb in a time of lingering economic
crisis as corporations desperately want to squeeze out more profits
despite weak demand. It places premium on productivity while fully leaving
out social justice from the entire equation of wage determination,” said
Escresa explained that raising productivity,
which is the purported aim of the wage system, essentially means pressing
down labor costs even as workers’ output is increased. “Productivity is
determined not solely by labor input alone, but other factors as well such
as level of technology used in production. Moreover, companies have
exclusive control over measures of productivity,” she added.
“Under the new wage system, companies can
freely tinker with workers’ wages under the guise of raising productivity
levels. They can surely get away with arbitrary computations on
productivity to justify a downscaling of pay schemes or to deny a wage
hike,” Escresa added.
EILER said that the country has a very low
level of productivity compared to other Asian countries owing to the low
level of technology use. It said companies based in the Philippines would
be more inclined to to make wages more flexible rather than invest in new
technologies in their bid to raise productivity.
“The danger of a productivity-based wage system is that as companies race
to increase their productivity levels, workers are forced to race with
each other in offering the most output at the lowest pay or shortest time.
This essentially increases corporate profits by several times,” Escresa
Currently, wage hikes are determined on a
regional basis by regional tripartite wages and productivity boards (RTWPBs)
with token representation of workers. The current system has produced
measly pay hikes not exceeding P26 for workers since 1989.
EILER explained that the new wage system “is
an intensification of the regionalized wage system since
productivity-based wage fixing will spawn a multitude of new pay scales
that differ not just on a regional basis but on an industry and company
“A highly fragmented wage system based on
productivity will be used by capitalists as tool to further fragment labor
and subvert workers’ solidarity in asserting for a nationwide and
substantial wage increase,” Escresa warned.
The labor NGO also raised concerns over the
new wage system’s implications on existing collective bargaining
agreements of unions.
“The two-tiered wage system will also
undermine hard-earned gains of workers in their collective bargaining
agreements on wage increases, as it will make wage increase highly
arbitrary and dependent merely on productivity. It discredits workers’
bargaining in the determination of wage increases,” Escresa said.
EILER urges the Aquino government to drop its
plan to implement more flexible system of wage setting and instead heed
the workers’ clamor for a legislated nationwide wage increase.
Reference: Anna Leah Escresa, EILER Executive Director, 0908-864-2151
27 April 2012
Workers, poor communities are paying the price of ‘development’ under
Aquino – NGO
A labor NGO criticized the Aquino administration’s urban development
paradigm which allows wide scale “development” of land assets in various
parts of Metro Manila for property firms like SM Development Corporation (SMDC)
while leaving the poor homeless, citing the Silverio Compound as example.
“It is unfortunate that our government’s urban development plan only
includes business’ interest, while majority of our urban population, who
are workers and dwelling in urban poor communities are excluded to the
drafting of these urban development plans. People living in urban poor
communities also have right to the city and be included in any government
planning for development,” said Anna Leah Escresa, Executive Director of
the Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research.
EILER said it is ironic that urban poor communities, currently the target
of demolitions for real estate development, are actually homes of
construction workers who toil for the same property developers at meager
Since President Aquino assumed office in 2010, the government has been
unleashing violent demolitions in urban poor communities, particularly in
the communities of Sitio San Roque in North Triangle, Quezon City;
Pangarap Village in Caloocan City; Corazon de Jesus in San Juan City;
Laperal Compound in Makati City; BIR Road in Quezon City; and Silverio
Compound in Parañaque City.
“The number of displaced families in the series of demolitions only goes
to show the growing population whose low income and joblessness has never
been enough to afford decent homes for their families, thus leaving them
no choice but to resort to dwell in shanties,” said Escresa.
“The root of the informal settling in urban areas can be traced to the
government’s inability to provide decent and affordable housing for the
poor,” Escresa added.
The lack of significant wage hike for decades largely contributed to the
growing number of workers whose meager income cannot even support their
families’ basic needs which includes decent housing. Contractualization
also plays a consequential part for workers’ and their families’
“Our workers could not afford decent housing if they do not even have
regular and secure jobs and secure source of livelihood. This lack of job
security only worsens their condition while big capitalists spoil on
profits from their hard labor,” said Escresa.
Apart from displacing families, taking them to far-flung relocation sites,
if there are any, only adds to their burden – taking them away from their
sources of livelihood and the children away from their school. In the
midst of rising prices and transport fares, putting these families in
relocation sites such as in Montalban and Cavite without the assurance of
a decent income will only aggravate their situation.
The recent demolition operations in Silverio Compound only mirrors the
irony of how these communities resided in by thousands of urban poor will
be displaced by business districts and high-rise condominiums only for the
wealthy few. The area occupied by Silverio Compound is said to be the site
of another Henry Sy venture.
“The recent incident in Silverio Compound only adds to the accumulated
crimes of Henry Sy to the people and the workers. Also known to be the
number one employer of contractuals, Sy is still not satisfied and wanted
to further intensify his greed,” Escresa expressed. “Establishments like
these do not generate real jobs that would last. Instead, it tends to
employ contractual workers.”
EILER condemns the brutality of the police in Silverio Compound which
caused a fatality and casualties from the residents and supports the
struggle of the urban poor for their right to proper and decent housing.
Reference person: Anna Leah Escresa, Ecumenical Institute for Labor
Education and Research (EILER) Executive Director (09088642151)
ONLY THROUGH THE VICTORY OF THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC
REVOLUTION CAN THE WORKERS, TOGETHER WITH THE ENTIRE FILIPINO PEOPLE, BE
On the occasion of International Labor Day, the NDFP-Mindanao salutes
the Filipino workers who continue to wage their just and legitimate
struggle under the most oppressive and exploitative conditions of a
semi-feudal, semi-colonial system. World monopoly capitalism is on its
worst crisis and the workers, especially those in neocolonies, are
being used to absorb this crisis. The workers are conscious that their
class emancipation can only be realized together with the emancipation
of other oppressed classes not only through the strike movement but
decisively through the people’s war and ultimately upon the total
victory of the new democratic revolution.
True to its semi-feudal and semi-colonial character, majority of the
workers in Mindanao are agricultural workers who do not even receive
the daily minimum wage. They get an average of 200-300 pesos per day,
way beyond the government’s daily standard of more or less 1,000 pesos
for a family of six. In the Philippines, unemployment rate has gone
up to 11%; this means there are at least 800,000 jobless in Mindanao.
To reap superprofit, multinational companies in the island, especially
the ones which are environmentally-destructive like Dole, del Monte
and Platinum Gold Metals Corp. (PGMC), impose the most exploitative
anti-labor schemes, such as contractualization, long working hours,
heavy quotas, undue deductions, and usury in the form of “5-6” from
intentionally delayed wages.
The formidable political strength that was wielded by the workers
since the second half of the 1980s has been systematically weakened by
capital and its state apparatus through “legal” means, such as the
assumption of jurisdiction, the criminalization of strikes,
retrenchments, union busting, collusion with reformist workers’
unions, arbitrary filing of trumped-up cases, bribery and others. Not
content with “legal” means, they resort to naked violence with
impunity, such as militarization and the bloody dispersal of strikes
and, worse, the extra-judicial killing of union leaders.
This worsening exploitation and intensifying repression have resulted
in further impoverishment and hunger, swelling the ranks of the poor
who continually cry out in anger and demand social justice; employment
and just wages for food, housing, water and electricity, health,
education and other basic needs of a decent human existence.
This has emboldened the workers in Mindanao as with their counterparts
in PAL and in Hacienda Luisita, ever conscious of their historical
role as a leading class, to continue to fight relentlessly, as what
they have daringly shown in their struggle in DoleFil, Alsons,
Filipinas Palmoil PIantation Inc. (FPPI), and in many others.
The workers of Mindanao, together with their comrades nationwide, are
well aware that the struggle for their emancipation is not only
through the state-constricted legal arena of unionism and strike
movement, but primarily through the arena of the ever intensifying
people’s war in the country today.
You, workers, mass leaders and activists: Welcome! Join the ranks of
the New People’s Army as Red fighters and political officers, where
you can fight unrestrained from bourgeois “legal” as well as fascist
constrictions in the parliamentary arena, and can fully work for the
total emancipation of the workers, peasants and the entire Filipino
Workers are also aware that their ranks are led by the advanced
detachment of their class – the Communist Party of the Philippines.
Under the leadership of the proletarian party, they can surpass the
level of development they have attained in the late 80s to once again
be in the forefront of the open mass struggles, and to march in step
as the people’s war advances towards the strategic stalemate stage.
The advance of the workers movement that is led by the Communist Party
of the Philippines is our concrete contribution to the international
workers’ movement and to the International Communist Movement as a
Long live the Filipino workers!
Long live the Communist Party of the Philippines!
Long live the International Communist Movement!
(Sgd.) Ka Oris
May 1, 2012
ANG KADAUGAN SA DEMOKRATIKONG REBOLUSYON SA KATAWHAN ANG BUGTONG
MAKAPALINGKAWAS SA MGA MAMUMUO UG SA TIBUOK KATAWHANG PILIPINO!
Atol ning Internasyunal nga Adlaw sa Pamuo, ginasaludohan sa
NDFP-Mindanao ang mga mamumuong Pilipino nga padayong nagalunsad sa
ilang makiangayon ug lehitimong pakigbisog ilalom sa labing mapanumpo
ug mapahimuslanong kahimtang sa usa ka sistemang mala-pyudal ug
mala-kolonyal. Anaa karon sa kinagrabehang krisis ang pangkalibutang
monopolyo kapitalismo ug ang mga mamumuo, ilabi na kadtong naa sa mga
semikolonya, ang ginapaabaga niini nga krisis. Matngon ang mga
mamumuo nga matuman lang ang paglingkawas sa ilang hut-ong ug sa uban
pang dinaugdaug nga mga hut-ong, dili lamang pinaagi sa kalihukang
welga, kundili pinaagi sa gubat sa katawhan ug diha sa hingpit nga
kadaogan sa bag-ong demokratikong rebolusyon.
Subay sa kinaiya niining malapyudal ug mala-kolonyal, mayorya sa mga
mamumuo sa Mindanao mga mamumuong panguma nga wala nagadawat bisan sa
inadlaw nga minimum wage. Kapin kon kulang 200 pesos lang ang ilang
madawat matag adlaw— ubos kaayo kini kun itandi sa gitakda sa
gobyernong inadlaw nga sumbanan nga 1,000 pesos para sa pamilyang
adunay 6 ka miyembro. Sa Pilipinas, ang unemployment rate mokabat sa
11%; napasabot nga dunay dili moubos sa 800,000 ang walay trabaho sa
Aron makalimas og super-ganansiya, ang mga kompanyang multinasyunal sa
isla— ilabina kadtong nagadaut sa kinaiyahan sama sa Dole, Del Monte
ug Platinum Gold Metals Corp. (PGMC) — nagapahamtang sa labihan ka
mapahimuslanong kontra-mamumuong mga palisiya, sama sa
kontraktwalisasyon, taas nga oras sa panarbaho, bug-at nga mga kota,
dili-makiangayong mga dedaksyon ug usura sa dagway nga “5-6” gikan sa
tinuyong gilangan nga sweldo.
Ang lig-ong pulitikanhong kusog nga napanday sa mga mamumuo sukad sa
tungang bahin sa dekada ’80 sistematikong gipahuyang sa kapital ug sa
makinarya sa estado sa pamaaging “legal”, sama sa assumption of
jurisdiction, pagkriminalisa sa welga, pagpalagpot sa trabaho,
pagbungkag sa unyon, pagpakigkunsabo sa mga dilawang repormistang
unyon, arbitraryong pagpasang-at og mga hinimo-himong mga kaso,
pagsuborno ug uban pa. Wala pa nakontento sa pamaaging “legal,”
walay-pagpanuko nilang gigamit ang dayag nga kabangis pinaagi sa
militarisasyon, madugoong pagbungkag sa mga welga ug, sa labing
dautan, ang “extra-judicial” nga pagpamatay sa mga lider sa unyon.
Ang nagkagrabeng pagpahimulos ug nagkakusog nga pagpanumpo miresulta
sa dugang kakabus ug kagutom, nagpalapad sa han-ay sa mga kabus nga
padayong nagasinggit sa kasuko ug nagdemanda sa katilingbanong
hustisya; trabaho ug makiangayong suhulan alang sa pagkaon, panimalay,
tubig, kuryente, panglawas, edukasyon ug uban pang batakang
panginahanglan sa usa ka disenteng tawhanong pamuyo.
Gipaisog niini ang mga mamumuo sa Mindanao sama sa ilang mga kaubanan
sa PAL ug sa Hacienda Luisita, nga kanunay matngon sa ilang
makasaysayanong papel isip nangulong hut-ong, sa pagpadayon sa
walay-puas nga pagsukol, sama sa mapangahason nilang pakigbisog sa
DoleFil, Alsons, Filipinas Palmoil PIantation Inc. (FPPI), ug sa
Sayod ang mga mamumuo sa Mindanao, uban sa ilang mga kaubanan sa
tibuok kapupud-an, nga ang pakigbisog alang sa ilang kalingkawasan
dili lamang pinaagi sa legal nga nataran sa unyonismo ug welga nga
giipit sa estado, apan diha sa labawng nagunang nataran sa nagkakusog
nga gubat sa katawhan sa atong nasud karon.
Alang kaninyong mga mamumuo, lider-masa ug mga aktibista: Kanunayng
nagtimbaya ang kalihukan sa inyong pagsampa sa New People’s Army isip
mga Pulang manggugubat ug “political officers”, diin kamo makasukol
nga walay limitasyon gikan sa mga burgis nga legal ug pasistang
pagpihig sa parlamentaryong nataran, ug bug-os nga makalihuk alang sa
hingpit nga kalingkawasan sa mga maumuo, sa mga mag-uuma ug sa tibuok
Matngon usab ang mga mamumuo nga ang ilang han-ay ginapangulohan sa
abanteng destakamento sa ilang hut-ong—ang Partido Komunista ng
Pilipinas. Ubos sa pagpamuno sa partido sa proletaryado, malampasan
nila ang ang-ang sa paglambo nga ilang nakab-ot sa ulahing bahin sa
Dekada ’80 aron mobalik-pag-usab sa pagpanguna sa mga dayag nga masang
pakigbisog, ug dungan nga musulong sa pag-abante sa gubat sa katawhan
padulong sa yugto sa estratehikong pagkapatas.
Ang pag-asdang sa kalihukan sa mga mamumuo nga ginapanguluhan sa
Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas ang atong kongkretong tampo ngadto sa
internasyunal nga kalihukan sa mga mamumuo ug ngadto sa Internasyunal
nga Kalihukang Komunista sa kinatibuk-an.
Mabuhay ang mga mamumuong Pilipino!
Mabuhay ang Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas!
Mabuhay ang Internasyunal nga Kalihukang Komunista!
Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos
Mayo 1, 2012
National Union of Students of the Philippines
National Office Office of the Student Regent, Vinzons Hall, UP Diliman, QC
Telephone 9818500 loc. 4511 or 4512
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Isabelle Therese Baguisi, NUSP Secretary-General, 0915-629-3896
Students join in Labor Day protests; decry
being made into ‘cheap labor force’
The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joins in the
ranks of workers as they commemorate May 1 as a day of protest.
“The Aquino administration has seemingly taken on the promise to destroy
any bright future for the youth with this government’s insistence of
molding the youth as a ‘cheap, disposable workforce’ for the international
market to consume,” says NUSP Secretary-General Isabelle Baguisi.
“The new Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) strategic plan highlights
the BPO and services sector as key areas that students must explore. This,
along with K+12 program and the push for TESDA application, is clearly
geared in making us ‘people for export’ to serve industries and economies
other than our local one”.
“Where is the push for nationalized industries where we can enter? Where
do we offer services to the country? The push towards BPOs is also
alarming since this reveals the government’s own lack of plans in
developing local industries where young Filipinos can offer their
abilities and know-how. Fresh graduates want to work for the country, if
only the government would recognize this and help us in developing the
“The government boasts of reduced unemployment, but that is only because
they themselves have redefined ‘employment’. And their own data shows that
underemployment is at a troubling 18.8%, meaning most graduates are forced
to take on jobs even if there is a skills-mismatch. Couple this with the
‘wage hikes’ that are merely alms and, clearly, the youth and students
have something to protest about.”
Baguisi says that the students join in the workers’ call for a substantial
wage increase, an end to contractualization and for the development of
Baguisi also adds that students have been continuously disregarded by the
Aquino administrations, as evidenced by its refusal to get involved in
tuition regulation and student concerns. Baguisi also cites the continued
cuts in tertiary education budget as an Aquino attack on youth.
NUSP joined other youth groups and other sectors (workers, farmers, womens
groups, urban poor) as they marched from UST to Plaza Miranda, 10 am