Wennie Sancho

Labor Forum: The Helpless, The Hopeless and The Defenseless

Today is the inauguration of our 16th President of the Philippine Republic, President Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte. The Filipino people will not witness a pompous celebration but a simple ceremony, unlike before when occasion like this were done as if it was the opening of a fashion show where the politicians and their wives would show off their best attires.

Labor Forum: A Thunderstorm Over CENECO

The series of events in Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO) created a semblance of a thunderstorm over it, figuratively though, creating an atmosphere of commotion and excitement, but to some, disgust and frustrations. Ceneco as an electric utility firm has to contend with thunderbolts and lightnings from within, usually from those who are sitting in the table of power. It is unfortunate that the collective interests of the member-consumers, supposed to be represented by the BOD's, has been set aside, if not taken for granted.

Labor Forum: Bring Wage Rates Closer to Living Standards

The workers are hoping for a great possibility that "things will be different" under the Duterte administration. The focus of our attention as members of the working class is to see to it that labor contractualization will be given a decent burial and it will be a thing of the past. No less than President-elect Duterte himself said that he doesn't want companies firing workers after five months to avoid giving them the right wages and benefits.

Labor Forum: El Presidente, ‘The Punisher’

It is well said that for every crisis in our history, it has been providential that a man will spring out from among us to lead the people and meet the challenge of times. Like a juggernaut, then presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte swept across the nation during the May 9, 2016 national election garnering more than 15 million votes humbling his political rivals that was considered phenomenal in the most excited and colorful elections

The Declining Real Wage

When labor demands for a wage increase, management always react with a powerful threat. The company will close. If the workers will insist, the business enterprise will be shut down, destroying jobs and livelihood. But this threat is often a bluff and artful exaggeration, to discourage the worker's struggle for wage hike.