Is There Still Hope For PAGASA?

PAGASA employees/retirees complained no benefits as promised until now!

Malacanang answers: Hinahanap pa yun pera!

How long has it been? Retroactive naman daw pag nakita ang pera!

Is that so? So, how long then?

It is my understanding that the PAGASA employees were demanding for the “risk allowance” or something to that effect. Now, some would argue that not all of the PAGASA employees work in “risky” environments. Most of them just probably stare at the monitors drinking coffee all day long (of which they have already been paid via their salaries) and to interpret every blip and erring track they see on their screen.

Minsan ba ay umaabuso na rin ang mga tao sa demands nila?

But perhaps 15k gross pay (according to reports) is a little too low. Especially when the information they work on is so crucial. We need to retain the talent in our country. Many of them have gone to greener pastures where better career and compensation opportunities abound. The blips on the screen need to be interpreted correctly especially when lives are at stake.

Some would comment that they should be lucky that they have a job! There are lots of jobs that entails more risks than them, and that a lot of other Filipinos do not have jobs at all.

As I read other articles, the problem arise from all the past administrations because they made promises (benefits) to these government employees – kaso hindi nilagyan ng sistema kung saan kukunin yung pera for benefits. Parang nangako lang sila kaso wala naman pondong nilaan or sistema na pagkukunan ng pondo.

Ramon Agustin (right), president of the Philippine Weathermen Employees Association, listens as Jory Loiz (2nd right), a senior weather forecaster, airs his gripes about their labor condition during a press conference on Tuesday. The weathermen said the protest will not affect their work in the weather bureau.

But what about the President? Were his reactions to the strike commendable or deplorable? Teacher kasi si Pnoy, mahilig magturo. Kung may pagkakataon lang ako ay kausapin siya at ganito ang sasabihin ko:

“Mahal na Pangulo, alam na po namin nagnakaw ang dating administrasyon dahil yun lang po pinapaalam nyo sa amin bago pa kayo maging presidente. Narinig na rin po namin lahat, ang matuwid na daan, ang malinis na pamamahala, etc., etc…. Ang kailangan na lang po namin ngayon ay ang pagkilos nyo, kasi po,sa dami naming narinig sayo, ang paninisi at pagpapatalsik pa lang ang ginawa nyo. Gawa po kailangan namin, hindi DADA! Padaanin mo po kami sa iyong matuwid na daan, sayang kasi kung pinatuwid nyo nga ang daan, hindi rin kami makadaan. Kaya pala wala ng wangwang, kasi wala ka naman ibang pinadadaanan sa kalsada mo kung hindi yung mga DADA mo.”

Magpapatuloy ang komento at hahaba pa ang talakayan habang inaabangan pa namin ang mga updates tungkol dito sa issue na ito.

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