Netizens slam NEDA’s ‘fake computation’ of decent family income by posting household budgets online

After the #CrybabySelfie challenge, militant labor group KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno) Metro Manila launched another social media campaign to denounce the NEDA’s (National Economic Development Authority) statement stating that a family of five can live decently with just a monthly income of P10,000 despite the impacts of President Duterte’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law and the rising cost of basic commodities and services.

Dubbed as the #MagkanoBuhayMo challenge, KMU Metro Manila enjoins netizens to post their monthly household budget to counter NEDA’s claim.

On Kilusang Mayo Uno Metro Manila Facebook post, they challenge netizens to post their monthly budget and identify how many members there are in the family. Upon posting, the group instructs the public to tag their friends to do the challenge and use the hashtag: #MagkanoBuhayMo.

The group questioned how much community participation was involved in the study to come up with the P10,000 computation. “More than NEDA and President Duterte, it is the poor Filipino workers and their families who know the real and concrete situation of Filipino households and the cost they need in order for them to survive and cope with the effects of TRAIN Law, low wages and high prices,” said KMU Metro Manila chairperson Ed Cubelo.

“NEDA must be true to its mandate to develop our national economy and not be a mouthpiece of lies and a mind-conditioning measure of the Duterte government,” Cubelo added.

The #MagkanoBuhayMo challenge also aims to reiterate the group’s demands for higher wages and the scrapping of the TRAIN Law and other ‘anti-poor’ policies of the Duterte administration.

Cubelo said that a series of online and offline protests are set to be held in the days to come, including ‘Black Friday Protests’ in Meralco offices on June 8 in time for the 17th anniversary of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) and as a power rate hike looms this month.

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