[Press Release] Teachers play fiesta games for P10k salary increase -TDC

Teachers play fiesta games for P10k salary increase

Some 100 teachers from Metro Manila joined the Palarong Pampista initiated by Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) in Plaza Miranda, Manila today. This is a part of the month-long series of activities dubbed as Protest de Mayo that calls for the enactment of P10, 000 across-the-board increase in salaries of government teachers and the scrapping of the performance-based bonus of the Aquino government which they described as deceptive, unfair and divisive.


The teachers play the traditional fiesta games such as Palo Sebo and Basagang Palayok to demonstrate their sacrifices for the country despite the inadequate compensation from the government.

Benjo Basas, the group’s chairperson said “Palo Sebo is exactly the same as the government’s performance-based bonus or PBB, it promises a cash prize, but teachers and employees need to fight and pull others down in order to be on top.”

Palo Sebo is a popular fiesta in which contestants must climb a greased bamboo in order to get the money prize on top of it. Players must pull others down to get the prize on top of the bamboo pole, thus depicting the divisive PBB scheme of the government

Basagang Palayok is another popular fiesta game where the players’ objective is to hit the hanging pot with prizes. The player is blindfolded, and like the P10, 000 salary increase demand, the prize is uncertain and the players must make all the effort and pass the obstacles.

The group has set several other unique mass actions until the resumption of classes in June 2. #

Reference: Benjo Basas, National Chairperson, 09205740241

May 20, 2014

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