Migrante belies Palace claim on OFW remittance-A A +A
Monday, September 9, 2013
MIGRANTE International belied claims of Malacanang that families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be the ones severely affected by the Zero Remittance Day being set on September 19.
According to Migrante Chairman Garry Martinez, the economy will be the ones greatly affected by the activity and not their families.
"Walang ibang mababawasan kundi ang kinikita ng gobyerno mula sa mga OFW remittances. Kumpara rito, barya-barya lang ang nakukuha ng mga pamilya," said Martinez in a statement.
He explained that this is because the Philippine government implements the Documentary Stamp Tax (DST), which automatically cuts 0.15 percent for every P200 remittance, or 30 centavos.
In 2012, Martinez noted that the OFW remittances was placed at $57.5 million a day, or Php2.5 billion, from which the government earns 0.15 percent for every P200 remittance.
The OFW leader said Malacanang knows such data and that there is no truth that they are not affected by the OFW activity.
"It is simply not true but a desperate ploy to discourage OFWs and their families from expressing their protest. May dahilan para kabahan ang mga pilit pa ring nagtatanggol sa pork barrel system,” said Martinez.
Earlier, the OFW sector called for the observance of Zero Remittance Day on September 19 as a fitting follow up to the Million People March against the pork barrel held last August 26.
In reaction, Malacanang said OFWs can freely participate in the one-day stop in remittance sending, especially since the government is not the one that will be affected by the activity but their own families. (HDT/Sunnex)