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TUCP thumbs down SONA 2014

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A member of the Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines holds a banner that demands wage hike during Monday’s protests that marked President Aquino’s fifth SONA. (Photo by Alma Buelva)

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has expressed dismay over President Benigno Aquino III’s declarations during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Monday, particularly on matters pertaining to contractualization and low wage.

Early into his national report, the President regaled the nation about the accomplishments of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority or TESDA which was a beneficiary of P1.6 billion funds from the government’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).

Aquino said under TESDA’s training for work scholarship program, the government  was able to help 223,165 TESDA students. From over 200,000 beneficiaries, 66 percent or 146,731 finished their courses and are now employed. TESDA is continuing to help the rest look for jobs.

The TUCP failed to hear updates on other labor issues. Instead of the TESDA “success story”, the group was hoping to know what the President is doing to address contractualization, low salary rates, unemployment and underemployment, and the effect of power crisis to labor and industry.

TUCP, a major labor group in the country, plans to ask for P135 salary increase by September.

  • jaime sta. isabel, Jr.

    Siempre hindi magsasabi ng palpak o sisira sa kanyang SONA si Pnoy, pinalabas nga niyang okay na ang mga Yolanda at Zamboangga victims, walang sinabi sa FOI, sa Energy Crisis lalo na sa labor problem kasi magkakaroon ng butas ang kanyang fantazise speech, lalabas ang katotohanang nambobola lang siya. Gusto lang niyang paiyakin ang manonood sa kanyang mga drama sa buhay, naiyak nga si Kris sabay tingin sa camera.Humanda tayo sa susunod na pambobola ni Kris katulad ng ginawa niya sa burol ni Cory.

    • juliet

      Syempre hindi rin magpapalabas ng magandang balita ang mga kalaban ni Pnoy! PDI and MT is the example. There are so many personal reason why those Yolanda and Zamboanga victims still allegedly have not seen progress. Not only the fault of the government. Be a responsible reporter.

  • RESBAK

    TUCP but nyo naman ibinuking? mamaya may mag comment dito magsasabi sa inyo ng…

    mga TUCP kayo ano bang ginawa nyo noong panahon ni Gloria ba’t di kayo pumutak at tahimik lang kayo.

    • juliet

      Tama! Ikaw na rin ang nagbuking sa idolo mong GMA.