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Abante shocked over MMDA’s below minimum wage salary for enforcers: P8,000 per month is not enough!

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Minority Floor Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante has proposed to increase the annual allocation of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to improve the wages of the 3,000 traffic enforcers it employs.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Abante said he was shocked upon learning that MMDA traffic personnel only earn a net salary of P8,000 per month.

“That is not even minimum wage, and is a pittance—especially considering that they are tasked with the near-impossible job of managing traffic in Metro Manila,” said Abante.

Abante stressed that despite the supposed urgency of this problem, the MMDA’s budget was cut by P7.61 billion and now must do with only P4.11 billion pesos under the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.

According to Abante, the huge cut affects the P697 million allocation intended for the salary increases of the MMDA’s 8,000 employees.

“This cut affects its 3,000 traffic enforcers the most, as they must survive on 9,000 pesos a month, without benefits, without GSIS, without security of tenure,” said Abante.

Abante said that no wonder there were many reported incidents corruption involving traffic enforcers since they need to resort to other forms of income due to the current situation of their salaries.

Abante noted aside from below minimum wage salry, 75 percent of traffic constable were hired on job order basis.

“How do we expect them to resist bribes from motorists? Hindi talaga makatarungan ang sitwasyon nila, and we hope that our pleas to increase the budget of the MMDA find receptive ears among our colleagues in the Majority,” said Abante.

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