IN PHOTOS: Protests, job fairs also mark Labor Day in the provinces

MANILA, Philippines – People marching on the streets to push for workers' rights and better labor policies were not limited to Metro Manila on Monday, May 1. They mounted protests as well in other parts of the country.

In Laguna, for example, labor organizations, such as Pamantik-Kilusang Mayo Uno held a series of events in parts of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba to push for genuine land reform and national industrialization. Their activities culminated in a march.

In Baguio, new graduates and overseas Filipino workers checked the Baguio Convention Center's Labor Day offering: the Trabaho, Negosyo, at Kabuhayan Fair. 

JOB FAIR. People seeking employment look at the offerings available as new graduates and OFWs alike check alist of jobs here and abroad posted in front of the Baguio Convention Center for the Labor Day Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Fair May 1, 2017 as part of the celebration of Labor Day. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

JOB FAIR. People seeking employment look at the offerings available as new graduates and OFWs alike check alist of jobs here and abroad posted in front of the Baguio Convention Center for the Labor Day Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan Fair May 1, 2017 as part of the celebration of Labor Day.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler
Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio's Session Road also played host to a Labor Day march, with adults and children hoisting placards calling for less militarization and an increase to the national minimum wage.

MARCHING. Militants together with their children carry placards in a march rally along the central business district of Session road Baguio City 1 May during the celebration of Labor Day. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

MARCHING. Militants together with their children carry placards in a march rally along the central business district of Session road Baguio City 1 May during the celebration of Labor Day.

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

In Cagayan de Oro, calls were also made for the government to uplift the plight of the workers. 

A PLAY FOR LABOR DAY. Performance artist Nic Aca stage his play during a labor day rally in Plaza Divisoria. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

A PLAY FOR LABOR DAY. Performance artist Nic Aca stage his play during a labor day rally in Plaza Divisoria.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Wildon Barros of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) said workers in the region are suffering because of low salary grades and contractualization in the middle of a skyrocketing inflation rate.

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Nicandro Borja, regional vice president of the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, said they are seeking an additional P168 as an across-the-board salary increase.

“With the increased in price of basic commodities, fare, education, and other expenses, the P318 minimum wage is not enough for a family’s daily needs,”Borja said.

Borja added that if the proposal gets a nod, the worker’s take home minimum pay of 486.00 is still in the poverty line.

The KMU is still pushing for a P750 national daily minimum wage. – with reports from Mau Victa and Bobby Lagsa/Rappler.com