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Requests press coverage of its event on the occasion of HUMAN RIGHTS WEEK
“WALK THE TALK” for A LIFE OF DIGNITY FOR ALL
A community workshop and walk with messages
addressed to the Duterte Administration
D E C E M B E R 8, 2016
2:00 - 4:30 PM - WORKSHOP at SAN ROQUE CHAPEL
along Sebastian Street Barangay San Roque (North Triangle), Quezon City
(from Agham Road, across Philippine Science High School, enter the community through
“talipapa” near the tri-bike and tricycle terminal. From there, about 8min. walk to the chapel)
4:30 pm - WALK
from the Chapel to Agham Road then to Bantayog ng mga Bayani
5 - 5:30 pm - NOISE BARRAGE and CANDLE LIGHTING at Bantayog ng mga Bayani
Contact: Teody Gacer @ 09297181427; Ana Vitacion @09175584657
On the occasion of the International Human Rights Week, DIGNIDAD Coalition will hold on December 8 a community workshop and walk dubbed as “WALK the TALK” to raise people’s awareness on human rights including social and economic rights. It will also highlight people’s calls addressed to the present administration to fulfill these rights.
There will be a discussion with about 100 women, men, and youth in the urban poor community in North Triangle. Then participants will breakout to make a poster or any visual representation of their appreciation of human rights (placard, drawing, etc.). By 4:30pm, the workshop participants and other people in the community – carrying their outputs from the workshop (drawing, placard, etc.) – will walk from the chapel going to Agham Road, then to Bantayog ng mga Bayani. The event will culminate with a noise barrage and candle lighting.
For Dignidad, the biggest war of the Duterte administration should be the war against poverty and inequality. This war is crucial in eliminating drugs, criminality, and terrorism. Many believe that his electoral victory is hugely a protest vote by the masses against the Luzon-based oligarchy and incidentally a vote to end chronic poverty, unemployment, and the social injustice stemming from the people’s lack of access to the essential requirements for a humane life.However, the development blueprint of his administration still looks sketchy. Until now, the people have yet to see a clear development program that will address the economic and social ills in the country.
Dignidad Coalition isa broad platform composed of 32 grassroots organizations, labor groups and other sectoral coalitions, movement‐based party‐lists and multi‐sectoral issue-based coalitions, church‐based organizations, human rights groups and academics advancing an agenda towards the realization of a life of dignity for all Filipinos. Itaims to raise people’s awareness on social and economic rights and to promote programs through the campaign for a Universal, Comprehensive, and Transformative Social Protection and its eight specific demands. These demands are on work and livelihood, social/public services, food, and social security. Among its members are: Kilos Maralita, WomanHealth, Freedom from Debt Coalition, PATAMABA, KABAPA, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, NASSA, SENTRO, Partido ng Manggagawa,, Alab Katipunan, ARYA, Kilusan, Rights Network, IRDF, PKMK)
The group Partido Manggagawa (PM) today declared that workers should be
on high alert against violations of their rights during the holiday season. The
group announced this as the PNP declared yesterday that the country is high
“Wage theft and other labor rights abuse are a more pressing concern
for workers rather than bombing threats from terrorist groups. First on the
labor alert list are employers who plan to steal the 13th month pay
of their workers,” explained Rene Magtubo, PM national chair.
PM reminded workers that all private sector employees, including contractuals
and kasambahays, are entitled to receive the equivalent of 1/12 of their total basic
pay for the calendar year no later than December 24 as entitlement.
“The only condition of the law is that workers have worked at least one
month during 2016. Wag tularan ang mga abusadong kapitalista. Like the giant shipyard
in Central Luzon, P100 is deducted from the 13th month pay of its thousands
of contractual workers for every day of absence within the year. Last month, an
association of kasambahays estimate the half of domestic workers do not get 13th
month pay or the full amount due them,” Magtubo insisted.
He added that “Next on the labor alert list are employers who do not
pay overtime and holiday pay even as they force workers to do extended work to meet
production demand and rush deadlines. These abusive employers are wage thieves.
Forced overtime is actually illegal and workers who refuse to work beyond eight
hours should not be penalized.”
“We are also on the look out for companies who have closed down and
trying to run away from their obligations to workers. They are Grinches
stealing Christmas from workers. One example is VTCT Business Technology, a
call center in Baguio City that suddenly closed last November 4 and left
workers with at least one month unpaid wages. Another is a BPO company in Cebu
City that shutdown abruptly a few days ago without paying its 213 employees two
months of salaries,” Magtubo elucidated.
The group also cited the case of the garments firm Faremo International
which shutdown in order to bust the union and whose workers will spend
Christmas at the picketline in the Cavite economic zone. “Management filed for
closure due to lack of orders but one of its clients, the global brand Gap, has
already admitted that they actually increased purchases for this year. We call
on Gap and Faremo’s other clients, JC Penney and Kohl’s, to act on the workers
complaints according to the terms of their supplier code of conduct which mandates
respect for the right to unionize,” Magtubo averred.
“Likewise on our list are employers who obstinately refuse to regularize
their employees even as the DOLE issues praise releases about 25,000 contractuals
allegedly made regular. Despite mediation by the DOLE, Philippine Airlines has resisted
re-employing the PALEA 600 as provided by a settlement agreement. Meanwhile in
the Cavite ecozone, a Japanese-owned electronics firm has snubbed a DOLE order
to regularize hundreds of its contractual workers after being found guilty of
labor-only contracting,” Magtubo stated.
He said that “Finally we are on heightened alert as the DOLE is set to
issue this month a new order on contractualization. We warn the DOLE and the
government against betraying its promise of ending endo by surrendering to the ‘win-win’
proposal of employers.”
chance for Filipino workers to enjoy a life of dignity is to have secure and
good paying jobs. Contractualization is
spoiling this dream. And the government
is unacceptably prolonging the misery.
By raising the
bogey of massive job loss once the government accedes to workers’ demand for an
end to all forms of contractualization, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI),
was in effect forcing the workers to accept its win-win formula that allows,
rather than prohibit, the perpetuation of different forms of
proposal is unacceptable on two grounds.
First, the end endo promise, the way it was presented by the President
during the election campaign, did not mean the end of one form of
contractualization and the legalization of another type. Second, legalizing sub-contracting and
outsourcing work arrangement is a ploy to shield employers from assuming their
inherent responsibility of providing direct and regular employment to their
workers. Regularization done in
contractor agencies rather than in mother companies is a fraud.
We don’t want
to assume that the DTI wish is the President’s command. But why is the
President’s command now marching towards a different direction?
Saan kami ngayon
kukuha ng kapal ng kumpyansa kung wala na sa mukha ng gubyerno ang
kaseryosohang ganap na itigil ang endo? Kung ang DTI at DOLE ay parehong win-win
na ang tono?
the time of Gat Andres Bonifacio, the epidemic of contractualization diminishes
the plight of Filipino workers to a life of colonial subjects unable to
exercise their freedom because none of their masters today would want to recognize
their sovereign existence as regular employees.
pinangarap ni Gat Andres Bonifacio ang ganitong buhay para sa mga
Pilipino. Filipinos did not wage a
revolution against colonial exploitation only to be subjected to another form
Kung gayon ay
dapat mabatid: Kung ayaw tapusin ng gubyerno ang endo, hindi rin tatapusin ng
uring manggagawa ang kanyang rebolusyon.