Pang alipin ang level! PH minimum wage nears ‘slave labor’ category, ACT-CIS solon says
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Many unskilled and low-skilled Filipino workers “would rather slave it out abroad where they earn much more than suffer nearly slave labor minimum wage in the Philippines,” ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Jocelyn Tulfo said.
Tulfo, vice chair of the House committee on overseas workers affairs, said the coutry’s minimum wage is actually just few heart beats away from being considered under a “slave labor” category, adding that a Filipino family cannot live decently if they rely only a daily wage ranging from P300 to P400.
“Kaya sila napipiltang mag-abroad at iwan mga pamilya nila. Dapat na talagang baguhin ang sistema,” said Tulfo.
Tulfo said government should really fix and standardize the minimum wage system which she described as “one of the worst in the world.”
“The country should be upgrading the household service workers so they can work in skilled positions in hotels and hospitals, instead of homes… more dignified work for them,” she added.
Tulfo’s remarks came following the death of domestic helper Jeanelyn Villavende in Kuwait.
She noted that OFWs in Kuwait this year have sent home more remittances but the new partial deployment ban would affect future months’ money transfers
Overseas Filipinos’ remittances from January to November 2018 have $30.3 billion.