Eleazar pushes for P5k wage subsidy to save minimum wage earners

Eleazar pushes for P5k wage subsidy to save minimum wage earners

Senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Eleazar poses for posterity with several of his Muslim supporters in a campaign sortie. (Photo supplied)

By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Following the rejection of the proposed wage increase by labor groups, Partido Reporma senatorial candidate Gen. Guillermo Eleazar urged the government to approve the alternative proposal of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) to provide a P5,000 wage subsidy to around one million minimum wage earners across the country.

In an official statement, the former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief explained that the wage subsidy will keep the workers afloat as the rising cost of basic goods and the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the economy push them towards abject poverty and hunger.

“Bagama’t unti-unti nang nakakabawi ang ating ekonomiya, matagal pa bago tuluyang makatayo nang lubusan ang mga manggagawa na pinadapa ng pandemya at ng pagtaas ng mga bilihin dahil sa pagsipa ng presyo ng produktong petrolyo,” Eleazar cited.

“Kung maipapasa ang suhestyon ng DOLE na magbigay ng subsidiya sa mga maliliit na manggagawa ay mas madali ang pagbangon nila sa pagkakalugmok. May maganda itong balik sa gobyerno dahil mas sisigla ang economic activity,” he added.

Prior to the retired police general’s pronouncements, labor secretary Silvestre Bello III proposed the provision of a wage subsidy worth P5,000 to at least one million workers in small enterprises who are hardest hit by the pandemic and the recent inflation caused by the series of oil price hikes.

This Bello suggested following repeated calls for a P470 increase in the minimum wage in Metro Manila, which was rejected outright by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board. (ai/mtvn)

Leave a Reply