Solon to colleagues: Take up wage hike bill, other imp’t measures before session break

THE recent calamity that hit the country and devastated the livelihood of millions of Filipinos is a supervening event that warrants the imposition of a significant national wage increase. Workers demand Congress to also take up and give equal importance to the legislated wage hike bill,” said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano.

Based on recent reports, typhoon Pablo has affected more than 5.4 million people in 1,928 villages in 249 towns and 38 cities in 30 provinces nationwide. As of December 10, partial damage was estimated at more than P7.116 billion – P3.47 billion damages in infrastructure, P3.61 billion damages in agriculture, and P18.38 billion damages in private properties. “Many of the typhoon victims include poor farm workers in banana plantations, fisher folks in coastal areas in Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental.

“While legislators are busy deliberating on the RH bill and the FOI bill at the plenary and committee levels, respectively, other crucial proposed measures must also take its course in the legislative process,” said Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, principal author of House Bill 375 or the P125 legislated wage hike bill.
“We ask the House leadership to include House Bill 375 to its priority legislations.”

“There are only few session days left in the 15th Congress. HB 375 is still pending with the Committee on Labor and Employment.  Time is running out. The Lower House must also discuss and pass other measures of national concern,” said the solon.

“Legislative processes will be set aside once the campaign period for the mid-term election starts in February next year. Workers cannot wait until the opening of 16th Congress in July next year. A legislated wage increase is imperative and necessary.”

Other bills filed by Anakpawis still pending in the committees include House Bill 374 (Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill); House Bill 4317 (Repeal of Oil Deregulation Law); House Bill 3443 (Creation of Coconut Industry Development Council); House Bill 4698 (Condonation of Land Amortization); House Bill 4847 (Repeal of Electric Power Industry Reform Act) and many other measures of national concern.

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