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Church organization says demands for a pay increase are honorable and just.

The Church People-Workers Solidarity (CWS), an ecumenical group that promotes workers’ rights and welfare, backs the demand for pay raises from the workforce.

The CWS’s chairman, Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the Diocese of San Carlos in Negros Occidental, said on Friday that workers’ demands for livable wages despite rising inflation are right and legitimate.

Amid economic difficulty, “CWS strongly emphasizes the justness, urgency, and doability of a living wage,” he stated. Therefore, CWS backs the nationwide demand for a significant wage increase by labor unions.

Alminaza pointed out that workers are being forced to work more than 12 hours a day to make ends meet due to the rising cost of living and inadequate pay.

According to Alminaza, “based on dignity, workers have a legitimate claim to those basic material goods that meet needs for food, clothing, shelter, health, education, security, and rest.”

He continued by saying that compensation increases can be approved because there are still ongoing requests for salary adjustments and measures for wage increases.

“We back legislation introduced by parliamentarians calling for a significant pay raise. The CWS backs initiatives by progressive labor groups that call for pay increases, according to Alminaza.

Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards under the Department of Labor and Employment have the authority to issue new wage orders.

In Metro Manila, the Unity for pay hike Now requests a PHP571 pay hike, while the Kapatiran ng mga Unyon at Samahang Manggagawa calls for a PHP100 salary adjustment.

In Calabarzon, the Organisasyon ng mga Manggagawa sa EMI and the Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines want salary adjustments of PHP100 and PHP280, respectively; the United Labor-Western Visayas and the Iloilo Pepsi Cola Workers Independent Union are asking for an increase of PHP100 in separate petitions; and in Central Visayas, Cebu Labor Coalition and the Partido Manggagawa have petitioned for an increase of PHPP292.50 and PHP100, respectively.

The NegOr Labor Day caravan is prepared.

In the meantime, everything is prepared for a sizable Labor Day celebration on May 1 in Negros Oriental, with several events marking the occasion, a DOLE official said on Friday.

According to Ma, numerous events are planned for the celebration in collaboration with various government agencies. Teresa Tanquiamco, provincial director of DOLE-Negros Oriental, spoke to the Philippine News Agency.

These consist of, among others, a job fair for both local and foreign employment, KADIWA (Kadiwa sa Pangulo Para sa Manggagawa), Diskwento Caravan, TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) program payout, business and wellness coaching, sports, and raffle and door prizes.

The Labor Day celebration will begin with a motorcade in Dumaguete City and conclude with a presentation at the Lamberto Macias Sports Center.

“Pabahay, Bilihin Abot Presyo, Benepisyo ng Matatag na Trabaho Para sa Manggagawang Pilipino” is the theme for this year’s Labor Day event.

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