A Valenzuela City factory worker has sought the help of the city's mayor after receiving his salary in centavo coins – P1,056 ($21.75) worth of coins, mostly in 5-, 10- and 25-cent as well as one-peso denominations.
The worker’s cousin, a certain Odniemrud Eniger (Regine Durmiendo) tagged Mayor Rex Gatchalian in a social media post questioning her cousin’s wages.
“Sobrang pambabastos po talaga ‘to sa pinsan ko, ganito yung pinasahod puro sentimo (It’s really disrespectful. They gave my cousin’s salary in coins),” the worker's cousin said.
In a Facebook post on Monday (June 28), the Valenzuela City Government said that Gatchalian had a meeting with the worker and representative of the company, which the city government identified as Next Green Factory. Owners of the company who are currently out of town will be called in another meeting.
"Mayor Rex reiterates that industry workers should be treated accordingly and not be demoralized," the city government said.
In his own separate statement, Gatchalian said he would face the company owner on Wednesday, adding that a company representative "won't cut it for me."
Calling it a “cruel and unusual” labor practice, the mayor vowed that he would get to the bottom of the issue and “deal with it accordingly.”
According to a 2006 circular issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), coins in denominations of P1 to P5 can only be used to pay for amounts up to P1,000.
The circular also noted that 1 centavo, 5 centavos, 10 centavos and 25 centavos can only be used to pay for amounts up to P100.
Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.
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