Wage increase, not fare increase. Labor groups trooped to the MRT station in North Avenue, Quezon City on February 17 to protest the planned ₱2-₱14 fare increase per ride in the MRT and LRT. The protest was staged while the Department of Transporation held a public hearing.
March against rice liberalization. Peasant groups staged pickets in Metro Manila, Iloilo and Bicol on February 14 to demand the repeal of the Rice Liberalization Law which was enacted on the same day in 2019. They said the law has failed to bring down the prices of rice, instead has harmed the livelihood of peasants and local agriculture.
March against Kaliwa Dam. Around 300 indigenous Dumagat-Remontados are on a 9-day march from General Nakar, Quezon to Metro Manila to demand the Marcos regime to immediately halt boring in Sierra Madre which is part of the Kaliwa Dam construction. They started marching on February 15. They would walk approximately 150 kilometers.
First Day Rage. Students of UP mounted mass actions on the first day of classes in the university on February 13 in defense of academic freedom and against the MROTC and militarization of campuses.
Black Hearts Day. Health workers gathered in front of the Department of Health on February 14 to demand an end to contractualization, provision of allowance and salary increases. Teachers also staged a protest at the Department of Education in Pasig City to call for salary increase.
Stop lay-offs in Nexperia. Nexperia Philippines Inc. Workers Union called to defend the jobs of 495 workers who will be terminated due to the closure of the company’s Sensors Department. Of the workers to be terminated, 375 are union members, 80 contractuals and 40 professionals.
Fight for contractuals’ rights. Workers of Universal Robina Corporation staged a picket in front of the DOLE-7 office in Cebu on February 17. They called on the NLRC-7th Division to rule in their favor with regard the petition they filed against the company’s illegal termination of 293 contractuals in 2022. The protest was led by Hugpong sa mga Mamumuong Nagkahiusa-URC.
People’s barricade in Palawan. Palaweños and environmental organizations erected a people’s barricade in Brooke’s Point starting February 18 to stop mining operations of Ipilan Nickel Corporation. They said that the company is operating without a mayor’s permit.