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Aside from Commute, Public Officials Should Get Minimum Wage

Just recently, Iligan City Representative Frederick Siao urged high ranking public officials to commute atleast once a week to reduce volume of private vehicles in traffic ridden areas. The solon shares that the movement will remind officials ‘of the suffering the masses endure on a consistent basis’.

In line with the suggestion, Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas also wants public officials to have a minimum wage just like most Filipinos in the country. The Gabriela rep especially targeted senators and congressmen. Brosas also added that the move will make public officials feel the suffering of ordinary Filipino citizens.

“Para malaman sa katotohanan magkano talaga budget para sa basic needs, sapat ba talaga para sa pamasahe, pagkain at iba pang gastusin. Bilang ehemplo ng public service dapat manguna sa aksyon at solusyon batay sa tunay na kalagayan, paano malalaman kung ano ang solusyon kung hindi ito mararanasan?” states Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas.

Despite officials being open to do the commute, some were reluctant with the minimum wage suggestion. Laguna 3rd District Representative Sol Aragones states, “Ginagalang naman natin ‘yung [panukala] ni congressman Brosas. Ang tingin po natin, ipaubaya natin sa Civil Service ang pagtatakda ng wage ng isang public official.” Aragones adds, “Kung gusto nating pag-aralan talaga ang nararanasan ng ating mga kababayan baka may iba pang paraan para gawin ‘yun.” 

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