ACT to Duterte:
Equal benefits for all, stop playing favorites!
December 4, 2018
QUEZON CITY – The
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called on President Duterte "to
put into consideration the whole government bureaucracy, not to play
favorites in giving out benefits and bonuses” after news of P50K
Christmas bonus for staff of the Office of the President (OP). The
President’s decision was reportedly inspired by Mayor Sara
Duterte-Carpio’s granting of P50K bonus to city hall employees in
“It seems Duterte often
forgets that he’s no longer merely a Mayor anymore, but the
President of the Philippines. He cannot continue practicing
'patronage politics' while the rest of the country hardly make ends
meet, with our belts incessantly tightening as the holiday season
fast approaches,” says Joselyn Martinez, ACT National Chairperson.
Martinez also cited the
doubling of the salaries of the military and police as another
instance where Pres. Duterte has practiced partiality in favor of
those ‘whose loyalty he needs.’
“His still-heavy reliance
on patronage politics exposes his weakness as a leader,” continued
She reminded that the
money being used ‘in his bid to win over loyalty and allegiances
within the bureaucracy’ is the people’s money and not his own.
“The President must
responsibly and justly utilize the people’s money by providing
substantial economic relief and by delivering free and quality
social services to the people. All of us hardworking employees
deserve a decent and dignified life,” demanded Martinez.
The group is calling for a
minimum wage of P16,000, P30,000 salary for Teacher I, and P31,000
for Instructor I. Additionally, ACT urges the Duterte administration
to immediately effect an upgrade from P2,000 to P5,000 on the
Personnel Economic Relief Allowance (PERA).
“We challenge him to
uphold the principle of equal pay for equal work. Especially that
the government's current salary scheme is already distorted in favor
of uniformed personnel and high officials, the least he can do is to
provide equal benefits and bonuses for all to enable the
low-salaried government workers to cope with the crisis,” pressed