Government urged to quickly approve wage subsidy for workers
MANILA – Senatorial candidate Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday called for immediate approval of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) proposal to provide a PHP5,000 wage subsidy to around 1 million minimum-wage workers to help them cope with rising consumer prices.
“Bagamat unti-unti nang nakakabawi ang ekonomiya, matagal pa bago tuluyang makatayo nang lubusan ang manggagawa na pinadapa ng pandemya and ng pagtaas ng mga bilihin dahil sa pagsipa ng presyo ng produktong petrolyo (As the economy gradually recovers, it will still take time for workers hard hit by the pandemic to get back on their feet as they are now being hit by soaring oil prices),” he said. in a press release.
Eleazar said providing wage subsidies will also help the government in its efforts to revive the economy, as it will boost spending.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier proposed providing a wage subsidy worth PHP 5,000 to at least 1 million small business workers who are hardest hit by the pandemic and l acceleration of inflation mainly due to the uninterrupted rise in oil prices.
The National Capital Region Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (NCR-RTWPB) said earlier that a new petition demanding a PHP 470 wage hike had been filed by the Trades Union Congress of the Philippines ( TUCP) after his first petition asking for the same amount was denied. .
Improving mental health services
Meanwhile, the senatorial candidate stressed the need to ensure the mental well-being of Filipinos amid the Covid-19 pandemic, especially for parents who have to juggle household chores and the pressure to help their families. children in online classes.
Mental illness remains a taboo in much of the country although it was slowly opened up to the public when it became a national concern due to the pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Health, at least 3.6 million Filipinos were documented to suffer from mental and neurological disorders in 2020. When the pandemic hit in the same year, the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) revealed that he had received at least 11,017 calls requesting mental health assistance.
He said one of the sectors most affected is that of parents who have had to deal with the added stress caused by the cancellation of face-to-face lessons.
During his tenure as National Police Chief, Eleazar prioritized the mental well-being of all police personnel through the conduct of regular psychological counseling and assessments.
Likewise, Eleazar has said he wants to adopt this program nationwide if he ever wins a Senate seat.
He is committed to strengthening Philippine mental health law in the Philippines and establishing a help desk in every barangay so that the mental health needs of the people are easily met.
He said barangay health workers should be trained so that they can deal with people seeking mental health assistance.
Eleazar said more of the health budget should also be allocated to improving mental health services in the country, particularly by maintaining the operations and facilities of psychiatric hospitals and hiring more officers. government mental health services that would meet the needs of suffering Filipinos. mental health issues. (with Lloyd Caliwan/PNA)