COTABATO CITY – Government employees in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao got on the Valentine’s Day bandwagon and called for salary increase through “hugot” lines and “harana” on Tuesday morning.
Employees of the National Food Authority and the Philippine Coconut Authority in ARMM carried out a rally asking President Rodrigo Duterte for immediate and speedy action on the proposed increase of salaries of employees in government owned and controlled companies.
They serenaded the President with a song entitled “Harana,” popularized by band Parokya ni Edgar, with the lyrics modified to ask for salary increase instead of affection.
They also carried placards with “hugot” lines intended to clamor for salary increase.
In a press release, labor groups COURAGE, GUGMA and the NFA Employees Association urged Duterte to provide decent wages to government workers by ensuring the proper implementation of the salary standardization directives of the executive department.
The employees expressed hope that the national government will look into their plight, as government already granted a salary hike to some GOCC workers. These employees are slated to receive the second tranche of their increase this year.
According to the disgruntled workers, not everyone has felt the benefits of Executive Order No. 201, issued by former President Benigno Aquino III. Thus, they appealed for Duterte to standardize their pay.
They are confident that the President is committed to address their call for salary increase.