The call comes from concerns of “possible bankruptcy of 4,584 sugarcane planters [and] less work for more than 10,000 sugarcane field workers.”
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“DA stands for Department of Agriculture, not Department of Importation. The agency’s primary focus should be the strengthening of the domestic agriculture and fisheries sectors.”
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)’s Bureau of Workers Concerns (BWSC) has so far given P1,000 cash subsidy for 49,267 sugar workers, or only seven percent of the 700,000 sugar workers in the country.
“In the land of bigname hacienderos, contractual workers lug everyday more than 1,000 sacks of sugar weighing 50 kilos. They are paid lower than the minimum wage. Some suffer bone fractures. Some developed hernia. But the workers complained the company does not even provide them a clinic or first aid.”
“Bungkalan (land cultivation) is their only way to survive.”
“Both Mar and Bongbong are despicable representatives of everything that is wrong and rotten in the circus called the Philippine Elections.”
“It is disappointing that no government agency, like DOLE, educated us on SAP [Social Amelioration Program) and its cash bonus because obviously, the millers and planters would not likely place our interest ahead of theirs.”