A LABOR leader in Negros Occidental said it is “very demoralizing” that President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet signed the law on the P2,000 Social Security System (SSS) pension increase.
Wennie Sancho, secretary-general of General Alliance of Workers Association (Gawa), said the senior citizens have put a lot of trust on Duterte regarding the pension increase, which was one of his campaign promises.
“His reason is the same with that of former President Benigno Aquino III. Duterte said the SSS will go bankrupt if he will sign the pension hike,” he added.
Sancho said Duterte’s credibility will erode because a lot of them are expecting him to sign the order.
“To me, it’s a wrong move by the government in the sense that it is divisive, in the sense of giving false hope to the senior citizens,” he added.
Sancho said the senior citizens, themselves, have contributed greatly to the society since they were also workers in the past, they generated the needed income for the government as they were paying taxes.
In a related development, former Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said he still doesn’t believe the SSS will go bankrupt if the pension increase is approved.
“My original bill in fact was (for) P5,000. It was lowered to P2,000 then there was a compromise with the administration for P1,000 in January and another 1,000 in 2019 and we agreed,” he added.*