People’s Television Network (PTV) employees have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to address what they called their “demoralizing” situation by approving a salary adjustment for “frontliners” of the state-run station.
“Lumalapit po kami sa inyo upang ipaalam at iapila ang nakapanlulumong sitwasyon ng mga empleyado ng natatanging government television network. Una na rito ang kawalan ng umento sa sahod ng mga tao sa PTV sa loob ng 15 taon,” the People’s Television Employees Association (PTEA) said in an open letter to the President dated September 1.
(We are reaching out to you to inform you and to appeal the demoralizing situation of employees in the country’s only government television network. First of all, there has been no salary increase for the last 15 years.)
The employees union said that the previous Modified Salary Standardization Law (MSSL) benefited only a few, many of them from the management.
“Sitenta porsyento ng mga empleyado, karamihan mga frontliners at nasa operations ang napag-iwanan (Seventy percent of the employees, majority of whom are frontliners and involved in operations, were left behind),” they said.
The PTEA said they are pushing for the more equitable Complementary Salary Adjustment (CSA) which would benefit employees who were excluded from the MSSL.
PTEA said this needs approval from the Office of the President.
“Sinusuportahan ng kasalukuyang management ang CSA subalit tali ang kanilang mga kamay dahil nangangailangan ito ng pag-apruba ng inyong mabuting opisina,” the union told Duterte.
(The current management supports CSA but their hands are tied because it needs approval from your good office.)
While frontliners at the state network have been complaining for years about the lack of a salary increase, the Commission on Audit (COA) had flagged PTV over P189.782 million in alleged questionable salaries of some of its employees in 2020.
PTV is under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO). At the start of the Duterte administration, PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar had said that “PTV will undergo a major revitalization program to make the station at par with International Broadcast Standards.” – Rappler.com