Amid crisis and after the worse of disasters: P125 wage increase urgent

More than a hundred runners, led by multisectoral alliance Unity for P125 called for the immediate implementation of the P125 wage increase in a run-for-a-cause activity entitled “Takbo para sa P125, Takbo para sa Kabuhayan” (Run for P125, Run for Livelihood) held in Calamba City, Laguna, yesterday, October 11.

“This is no mere ‘fun run’. This is one of our serious expressions in pressing the need for a P125 wage increase especially in these times when most of the workers and urban poor communities are gravely affected by one natural disaster after another,” said Dante Morales, spokesperson of Unity for P125.

Attended mainly by workers and members of urban poor communities, “Takbo para sa P125” kicked off from Calamba Doctors’ Hospital in Barangay Parian, Calamba City at 8:00 AM.

Leoncio Santos, union officer from Honda Cars and one of the participants in the activity said, “It’s high time the authorities heed the call for the wage increase.”

Santos recalled, “I was there the first time the P125 wage campaign was launched on October 13, 1999 in Manila. Ten years passed and the demand has not been given to this day. I want to prove in my participation to run in this activity that I have not tire in struggling for this legitimate economic demand.”

Meanwhile, the militant regional labor center Pagkakaisa ng Manggagawa sa Timog Katagalugan-Kilusang Mayo Uno (PAMANTIK-KMU, Solidarity of Workers in Southern Tagalog-May First Movement) participated in the “Run for P125”.

According to PAMANTIK spokesperson Hermie Marasigan, ”Although P125 is now way below the actual economic need of workers, the Arroyo administration can sincerely show its heart by implementing the wage increase and provide immediate relief for workers and their families.”

The runners had their finish line and brief program at Crossing, Calamba City at around 8:30 AM. They proceeded to Barangay Sukol for a “lugaw” breakfast and conducted relief operations in the area. ###