Industrial unrest looms as Metro Manila minimum wage rises just PHP15

Industrial unrest looms as Metro Manila minimum wage rises just PHP15

Labour groups in the Philippines have warned of increased industrial unrest after workers in Metro Manila were granted an effective daily minimum wage increase of just PHP15 (about US$0.28). Labelling the amount approved by the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) as “crumbs”, the country’s largest labour movement today warned there could be consequences for […]

Asean minimum wages: ‘Measly’ pay rise sees Filipinos’ wages continue to shrink (video)

A Philippine labour group which last Thursday slammed a proposed PHP20 (about US$0.37) daily minimum wage increase for workers in Metro Manila as “demeaning” and out of step with rising inflation, yesterday called for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to intercede. The call came after Employees Confederation of the Philippines (ECoP) acting presiden,t Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr., […]

Philippine railway set to see a second ‘golden age of rail’

Philippine railway set to see a second ‘golden age of rail’

The Duterte Administration’s recently announced plans to inject more than P1 trillion (about US$20 billion) into a massive railway building programme that will see new railroads built and existing ones extended making it one of the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects undertaken in the Philippines in recent years. With Philippines 2016 GDP put at […]

Philippine mining sector: polluting mines to be closed (video)

Philippine mining sector: polluting mines to be closed (video)

Newly appointed Philippines environment secretary Regina “Gina” Lopez has warned the Philippines mining sector that she plans to conduct an audit of the industry, with those found to be involved in destructive mining facing closure. Ms Lopez, a staunch environmentalist, said the move was suggested by no less than President Duterte, who appointed Ms Lopez […]