Defend Jobs Philippines sought cash aid Sunday for workers affected by tropical cyclones.
The labor group questioned the loan programs being bragged by various government agencies as their response to workers affected by a series of tropical cyclones that hit the country recently.
Pag-IBIG Fund said that they alloted P4.4 billion for calamity loans while Social Security System is giving out up to P40,000 salary loan and the Government Service Insurance System has P20,000 emergency or calamity loans for their members.
Christian Lloyd Magsoy, spokesperson of Defend Jobs Philippines, said these loan packages were blatant display of the government’s “insensitivity and lack of compassion” for Filipino workers who have been victimized twice by natural calamities and pandemic.
“What our workers need now were cash aids and not loans in order for them to somehow cope-up to the dire situation that they are currently in to,” he said in a statement.
“Loans and debts as government’s response to the calamity will eventually add up to the burden that will be carried by our workers in the months to come,” added Magsoy.
Defend Jobs Philippines urged President Duterte and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to break their silence and have concrete programs that will address the needs to have adequate cash aid and definite relief, rehabilitation, and disaster preparedness plans in order to ensure the best interests of Filipino workers and their families in times of calamity.
“Resiliency will never be enough to feed our families. We demand concrete support and accountability from the government in providing urgent, as well as long-term solutions to the crisis that we have long been carrying on our shoulders,” said Magsoy.