PROVINCIAL WAGE RATE: An Accepted Form of Discrimination

Pedro and Juan are classmates in a private college in the city.  One permanently resides in Manila while the other boards and go to his province every weekend. They pay the same tuition fee, read the same books, and pass the same tests each semester.  They walk on the same stage to get their diplomas.

As they apply for work for the same type of job at the same type of industry, one applies in the same city while the other comes back to his own province.  The one in the city gets an offer of P18,000 pesos starting pay while the one in the province gets an offer of P12,000 pesos.

They are given the same type of exams, same type of trainings.

Everything the same.

EXCEPT FOR THE PAY.  Thanks to 'PROVINCIAL RATE' policy being enforced nationwide since time forgotten. It's like saying 'employees in the provinces are all inferior to those from the national capital region'.

A form of discrimination that our society has already embraced, a discrimination that can only be created or destroyed by those in government position.

Law makers come and go, yet this one game-changing policy is never touched.  When they campaign during elections, it is as if they want to completely eradicate poverty nationwide and yet, once seated, who do they make their laws for? Who benefits?   NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION.

If they really want to  help uplift the country that is 99% 'province', then remove that burdensome labor provincial rate policy.

And let everybody play the game fair and square.

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