Manila, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment announced on Saturday that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Visayas have approved the increase in minimum wages of workers in the agricultural and non-agricultural establishments.
According to DOLE, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-NCR issued Wage Order No. NCR-23 on Friday, May 13, 2022, granted a wage increase for workers in the agriculture and non-agriculture sector by Php 33 or equivalent to Php 533 for workers in the agriculture sector and Php 570 for the non-agriculture sector.
To quote from DOLE;
It is expected to protect around one million minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region from undue low pay. The increase considered the restoration of the purchasing power of minimum wage earners because of the escalating prices of basic goods, commodities, and petroleum products.
The most recent wage order for workers in the private sectors in the NCR took effect on November 22, 2018.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III previously directed RTWPBs across the country to review minimum wages, claiming that the current P537 daily minimum wage in the NCR may not be enough to cover commodities such as food, electricity, and water bills.
As of this writing, there were ten petitions for wage increases that were filed with six regional wage boards, including the NCR, Regions 3, 4A, 6, 7, and 8.
Meanwhile, the RTWPB in Western Visayas issued Wage Order No. RBVI-26 approving the increase of Php 55 and Php 110 for workers in the agriculture, industrial, and commercial sectors.
The increase in the minimum wage by Php 55 and Php 110 will result in the new daily minimum wage of Php 450 for establishments with more than 10 workers, and Php 420 for establishments with 10 or less workers.
The Wage Board in Western Visayas also approved the increase of Php 95 in the agricultural sectors bringing the new daily wage to Php 410.
To quote from DOLE;
It is expected to protect around 214,836 minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region from undue low pay.
Given the continuous rise in the basic goods, commodities, and petroleum, the Western Visayas wage board has sought an increase in the minimum wage rate in the region beyond the 2021 first semester poverty threshold to restore the purchasing power of the minimum wage earners.
Also, the Western Visayas wage board issued the Wage Order No. RBVI-DW-04 which states that an increase of Php 500 for domestic workers has been approved, bringing the new minimum monthly wage to Php 4,500.
DOLE said that it is expected to benefit 160,795 domestic workers from which 49,413 workers are live-in and 111,382 workers live-out set-up.
It is expected that the wage increase shall take effect 15 days after the publication in a newspaper has been issued.
DOLE said that the last wage increase for both domestic and private sectors in the region was in May and November 2019 respectively.
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