Ronald Taggaoa

Secretary-General at the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

Active in Country: Philippines

DTP Alumnus: 2008 Human Rights and Trade Program - Malaysia

Ronald Taggaoa participated in DTP Human Rights and Trade Program in Malaysia in 2008.

 

Ronald is the Secretary-General of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. This year, the union went on strike for salary increases claiming that despite the growing economy, its benefits have not flowed down to most Filipinos, including to public school teachers. Low wages for many in the public and private sector impacts on the human right to an adequate standard of living and also contributes to labour migration. Ronald is an alumnus of the DTP Human Rights and Trade Program in Kuala Lumpur in 2008. He has been able to apply what he learned with DTP directly to advancing employees’ rights in the workplace.

 

As part of economic globalisation, manufacturing has shifted to Asia, where trade unions face multiple challenges in organising workers. According to the International Trade Union Confederation, trade unionists in the Philippines face anti-union activities including harassment, violence and even murder. Trade unionists claim that integration of the Philippines into ASEAN is leading to retrenchments and loss of conditions.

 

“We are still lucky enough to have a union and an Executive Board whose members are inclined to the protection and advancement of labor rights and human rights. We have recently formed committees on labor concerns, and labor research and education; a few individuals have offered some support, and we are hoping for more as we try to build linkages with previous union members. Thanks to DTP, the work to defend and advance human rights remains a worthy endeavour!”

 

Profile was part of 2015 DTP's 25th Anniversary Exhibition