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Let’s Take It To the Streets: ACT Teachers Partylist Supports the National Day of Protest Against Oil Price Hikes

15 March 2012 No Comment

 

When our hard earned income cannot even feed our family, there is a reason for us to dissent. There is a reason for us to bemoan the dismal state of our people. There is a reason for us to take our calls to the streets when the government is continuously abandoning its responsibility to protect the welfare of its citizens.

Jeepney drivers toil from day until night, with half of their earnings going to the boundary fee. What is left of their day’s worth of earnings, provide for their families’ basic needs. But how can they provide for their family when everything goes to crude oil and gas? How can a minimum wage earner keep up with the domino effect that is instigated by weekly oil price hikes?

Oil companies can easily disregard the general condition of the Filipino people. Because these companies are in control of the market, they are only engaged in monopoly pricing and setting prices which are very far from their actual production costs. As proof of this, the price of oil and gasoline increased eight times since the start of 2012.

The ACT Teachers Partylist co-authored HB4355 calling for the junking of the oil deregulation law. The house bill also authored by other progressive groups (BAYAN, Bayan Muna Partylist, Kabataan Partylist, Gabriela Women’s Party, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas and Kilusang Mayo Uno), push for an alternative to the Oil Deregulation Law. This alternative bill aims to regulate the local price of oil and to restore the public nature of local oil companies such as Petron.

PNoy’s allies continue to turn a deaf ear to the people’s demands. Instead of addressing the issue, the Aquino administration once again resorted to dole outs in the form of the Pantawid Pasada program. Up to now, it still refuses to remove the 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) from the price of oil when it is already understood that the removal of the added tax will ease a few of the Filipinos’ burdens.

The struggle for higher wages for teachers is not separate from the struggles of Filipinos directly suffering from Oil Price Hikes. It is not isolated from the cries of the youth for the government to provide education for all, from peasants demanding for their land and from workers fighting for higher wages. For the masses experiencing poverty and oppression, it is just right for us to take our protests to the streets. The ACT Teachers Partylist supports the protest action for oil price hikes and calls for the collective action of the people for the junking of the Oil Deregulation Law.

On the 15th of March 2012, let us show our rage for the continuous suppression of our rights. Let the streets be our classrooms and let the struggles of the Filipino people be our lesson for the day. Join the National Day of Protest against Oil Price Hikes.

 

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