family living wage

Worker productivity goes to profits, not wages

October 26, 2018

“A large wage hike is also justified by growing worker productivity. Between 2009 and 2017, labor productivity in NCR grew by 35% from Php456,059 per worker to Php614,297. However, that same period, the real value of the mandated minimum wage only increased by 11% and of ADBP by 16%, both measured in real terms at […]

Substantial wage hike possible in NCR

October 26, 2018

“NCR firms have more than enough profits to support a Php238 minimum wage hike. The latest data from the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) Annual Survey of Philippine Business and Industry (ASPBI) reports that NCR firms (with 20 and over employees) had combined profits of Php903 billion in 2015 while giving an average daily basic pay […]

Minimum Wage Insufficient

September 6, 2018

The National Capital Region (NCR) daily minimum wage with Php30 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) totaling Php512 is not enough for a family of five members to be able to afford their basic needs. The minimum wage in the rest of the country’s regions is set at even lower levels.

Rice tariffication to impoverish Filipino farmers more, Congress warned

August 4, 2018

Research group IBON raised concern over the current move by the House of Representatives (HOR) to lift the quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice imports and instead apply a 35% tariff on unlimited rice importation. This will practically decrease farmgate prices, said IBON, but not necessarily lower retail rice prices as government claims. Rice prices have […]

CL, Manila prices barely differ

August 3, 2018

The minimum wage in Central Luzon was hiked to Php400 per day, but since there is almost no difference between the prices of goods and services in the region and in Metro Manila, the amount – as with the National Capital Region’s minimum wage of Php512 – remains insufficient for the workers and their families. […]

Wage hike only 18% cut in profits

August 3, 2018

Raising wages substantially remains a pressing and legitimate call that is doable and good for the economy. #NutriAsiaWorkers

TRAIN-driven rising cost of living makes wage hike urgent

July 9, 2018

Research group IBON said that tax-driven inflation is making the meager wages of poor Filipinos fall even further behind the rising cost of living. The group said this makes it even more urgent for the government to immediately raise wages even as it revisits the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law behind the […]

Duterte aggravates the Filipino people’s woes

July 4, 2018

The Duterte administration’s second full year in office sees the people’s condition worsening and the need for genuine reforms even more urgent. The government is however digging in its heels and pushing more harmful neoliberal measures that aggravate the people’s plight instead of implementing policies that overcome economic backwardness. Filipinos struggle to cope with fast […]