MANILA, Philippines – The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is anticipating the impact of the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law on the public.
Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said they are likely to ask for another increase in minimum wage if prices of services and basic goods such as gasoline and electricity will go up.
Meanwhile, the Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines may also charge additional expenses for their products.
Minimum wage in Metro Manila has increased by P21.00 last October. Based on the law, a new wage increase can only be filed only after a year.
But ALU-TUCP pointed out that such is not applicable during an extraordinary event.
“Kapagka merong supervening event, may mga extra ordinary na situwasyon, maaari po tayong magfile ng wage increase petition para madagdagan yung sahod ng mga manggagawa lalong lalo na yung mga minimum wage earners,” Tanjusay said.
(If there is a supervening event or an extraordinary situation, we may file a wage increase petition to augment the salary of workers especially minimum-wage earners.)
Meanwhile, the government will give P200 monthly to 10 million households in the country to minimize the impact of the new tax law.
This means that the government will spend P2-billion a month and a total of P24-billion a year.
“Now, of course, to cushion the impact of indirect taxes, there is cash transfer provided in the law itself. Ten million households will receive cash transfers of P200 per month in 2018 and p300 per month in 2019 and 2020,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the agency tasked to implement unconditional cash transfer aside from the conditional cash transfer that it has been implementing.
“4.4 million lang naman kasi yung sa pantawid na households. Yung iba doon kukunin sa listahanan at kukunin doon sa listahan ng mga social persioners. Merong 2.8 [million] ngayon yung mga social pensioners,” DSWD Undersecretary Malou Turalde said.
(There are only 4.4 million ‘pantawid’ households (cash transfer beneficiaries). Some of them will be selected from the list of social pensioners. There are currently 2.8 million social pensioners.)
However, the workers’ group remain opposed to the matter.
“Ang ganitong klase ng tulong kaisa doon sa ‘dole out’ kung saan tuturuan natin yung ating mga kababayang Pilipino na maging tamad at maging idle at maging dependent sa gobyerno (This kind of aid is similar to a “dole-out” wherein we teach our Filipino countrymen to be lazy and idle and dependent on government),” Tanjusay said. – Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue