Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [03.08.17] – The women activists in the province of Albay took the street this morning in commemoration of International Women’s Day with the same strong passion, urging the Duterte administration for socio-economic reforms.
The march was spearheaded by GABRIELA and supported by other cause oriented group started infront of Bicol University along Rizal Street with the theme: “Kababaihan, patuloy na igiit sa gobiernong Duterte ang trabaho, lupa, katarungan at kapayapaan.” [Women, continue to insist on Duterte administration for jobs, land, justice and peace]
In a statement, the group raised the promised change of the government to the 16 million Filipinos who elected President Duterte.
According to them, under the period of nine months the price of petroleum products went up, while the prices of prime commodities has spiralled, the minimum wage of daily wage earners remain at an all-time low – thus making Bikol region poor as ever.
They also hit the unresolved contractualization of the workforce in the business outsourcing companies and cited the failed promise in the Depatment of Labor and Employment’s department order 168 – under this scheme, workers will be regularized by their agency who hired them, not the company where they are working.
The women group also hit the existing PhP250.00-260.00 daily wage pay and cited the 2016 Ibon Facts and Figures study, that a family of six needs PhP1,088 to live decently.
Another gender inequality issue raised by the women group, is the existing discrepancy between the rural women and the urban women in terms of wage bracket. They cited the [PSA, Gender Factsheet]. According to the statistics, 6 out of 10 women belonged to the unpaid agricultural workers. The wage of a women agricultural worker is 12% lower than their male counterpart, the group said.
With this unequal situation, the rural women are suffering the brunt of poverty due to the lack of entitlement to the land they till, land conversion, cheap prices of their produce, militarization and large-scale mining.
The local group of women who joined the march commemorates their peculiar struggle in life to advance their unique women’s rights, who faces poverty, violence and abuse.
The observance of the World Women’s Day or International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated every March 8 every year.