Antipolo City, Rizal–Just recently, The Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) launched a series of noise barrage in different areas of Metro Manila like Quezon City, Montalban Rodriguez . In Rizal and Caloocan city from 6 to 6:30 in the evening, pots and pans were used to protest the absurd weekly oil price hike which affects majority of the Filipinos. With low income and no increase in salary, almost everyone cannot afford it with the increase of diesel for almost php 5.00 and php 3.00 for gasoline.
According to the group, they will be making noise for 7 days to register their strong opposition against oil price hike which severely affects the lives of the urban poor and the majority of the population of more or less 95 million.
There will be another protest this coming March 15 and Kadamay will be expected to be present in solidarity with other cause-oriented groups in a big protest rally from Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and Koalisyon ng Progresibong Manggagawa at Mamamayan.
According to blogwatch who are advocates and called themselves citizen watch dog for transparency and good governance, there’s an increase of oil for 9 times within this year alone and also same with the Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) that has an increase of php 200.00 per tank.
The objective is to call the attention of the government to do something about these weekly oil price increase without uplifting the salary or income plus the availability of works to the Filipino people. More and more graduates are addition to the unemployment though with the help of the new administration determination for change and pushing for the investor friendly Philippines, the Filipinos are still optimistic that these series of noise barrage will get President Benigno Aquino attention. – (Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas)