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PIA Press Release
2007/04/30

PGMA to announce non-wage benefits for Filipino workers on Labor Day - Brion

Manila (30 April) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to announce a package of non-wage benefits for the Filipino workers in time for the celebration of Labor Day on Tuesday, according to Labor Secretary Arturo Brion.

The Labor Secretary, in an interview this afternoon in Malacanang, said he did not want to pre-empt the President's good news for the labor sector but assured that the non-wage benefits would further improve the lives of the country's labor force as well as show the "efforts of government in pushing the benefits of the workers."

"The non-wage benefits would be relating to basic commodities, overseas workers, government workers and the employment sector as well," Brion said, adding that the President's announcement would answer the manifesto submitted by labor.

The Labor Secretary brushed aside any wage increase announcements, saying the regional Wage Boards (RWBs) would take a cue from the President that it is now time to discuss and study the granting of increases in the salary of workers according to the region they work in.

"The last wage increase was in August last year so we usually grant (wage increase through the RWBs) every year," Brion hinted as to when a wage increase would be given.

Brion said that the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) had submitted a petition on wage increase of P75 a day and the RWBs "should take the clue from there."

The Labor Secretary also said that in celebration of Labor Day, a jobs, housing and livelihood fair has been organized to assist workers in their housing needs and looking for means to augment their income.

For the unemployed, the Labor Secretary announced that some 30,000 new jobs would be up for grabs in tomorrow's fair.

He said 120 local employers and 30 recruitment agencies would be on hand to assists job seekers. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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