With the GDP of the Philippines steadily plummeting but the remittances increasing every year, one wonders who else the OFWs are providing for. One has to wonder how Digong could afford a jet that is worth billions – without any visible improvement in income generating industries in the Philippines.
Kilusang Mayo Uno Cordillera scored House Bill No. 4802, which seeks to prolong the probationary period of employees from 6 months to two years, calling it “worse than the existing contractualization scheme.”
Farmers called Senator Cynthia Villar “insensitive” to the sufferings of farmers caused by the Rice Tariffication Law for the senator’s “fake news” statement regarding the P8-10 palay prices.
Igorots imprisoned at the New Bilibid Prison expressed concern for their security following the demotion of “kubols” inside the maximum-security compound led by BuCor chief Gerald Bantag, according to their relatives.
Transport groups in Baguio City joined the nationwide protest against the PUV modernization program that forces them to operate under the fleet management system and acquire units that are worth millions.
Ilocos farmers and tobacco have a long history but the things that keep them together despite the numerous difficulties are beyond sentimental. Farmers are chained to the crop by political and economic circumstances perpetuated by the deeply rooted social inequality in the Philippines.
Leaders of different jeepney drivers and operators groups in Baguio City urged all drivers and commuters to join them in protesting the government’s public utility modernization program.
Tobacco farmers were disappointed with the measly P1.00 increase on all types of tobacco, across the grades offered by traders during the tripartite conference held on September 25 in Quezon City, Philippines.
For the first time, two of the largest tobacco farmers’ organizations in Ilocos came up with a common stand for the floor price negotiations tomorrow, September 25, in Quezon City.
The president of the National Federation of Tobacco Farmers Association and Cooperatives scored the proposed increase on the floor price of tobacco for being “very far” from the consolidated results of the pre-tripartite workshop of farmers last August.
NAFTAC President Bernard Vicente said they are preparing for an uphill battle in the upcoming tobacco price negotiations especially with the imposition of higher taxes on tobacco and other measures but hopeful that farmers will have stronger negotiating voice this time with groups like Stop Exploitation calling for farmers to put forward a unified price demand.
The Solidarity of Peasants Against Exploitation urged tobacco farmers to set aside political beliefs and affiliations and unite another a common price increase demand for the National Tobacco Tripartite Consultative Assembly scheduled on September 25-26 at the National Capital Region.