DBP employees union members wore black arm bonds in protest of unpaid benefits
TACLOBAN CITY – The members of the employees union of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)- Tacloban Branch wore black arm bond starting September 1 this year, to show protest to the present administration of President Benigno Aquino for the non-release of their benefits.
Zosimo “Jun” Isanan Jr., union president of DBP Tacloban Chapter and chairman of the Regional Union Coordinating Council, revealed in an interview that aside from wearing black arm bond starting this month, the union members also sent a manifesto addressed to the President through the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) they sent sent last June 31, 2012, and received by the Malacañang last August 31, this year.
Isanan added that the benefits that they have yet to recieve includes their merit increase, increase of RATA as well as additional compensation.
According to him, the employees of DBP being a government -run bank are also included in the implementation of the salary standardization law.
“Since we are under the salary standardization law, the government has to institutionalize the increase on government employees’ salary every year as based on the performance they have,” Isanan said.
“We are hopeful that even despite the long wait on this matter, the present administration of Pres.Aquino would pay attention by providing us the necessary benefits that we are asking for,” he explained.
Isanan said that all the union members of all DBP branches across the country are also staging their protests by wearing black arm bands.
The group of Isanan counts 21 members. (REY GERILLA GRADO)
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