No wage hike on Labor Day, says DOLE PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 April 2011 13:59

A wage increase implementation in time for the Labor Day celebration on May 1 may not just be possible, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom said.

Ligutom, in an interview, said it is a bit late to act on an increase on the minimum wage in the region as there is no request for increase coming from the workers. He said that implementing new wage hike takes time and two weeks of preparation from May 1st is just too short a time.

One of the many considerations is the economic status in the region and the impact of such increase in the regional economy.

Ligutom said there should be series of public hearings to be conducted by the Regional Wage and Productivity Board among stakeholders in the region as one of the basis for wage increase. They also have to consider the capability of the employers to implement increase in the workers’ salaries.

The National Economic Development Authority, together with the Department of Trade and Industry and other concerned line agencies should also have to assess and determine that there is, indeed, a need for a wage hike.

Ligutom, however, assured that they are closely monitoring the situation. Data are now being gathered to determine if there is a need to implement a wage increase.

DOLE all over the country has started with their assessment of every region’s situation for a possible wage increase. DOLE-National Capital Region is keen on implementing wage increase with the sudden upsurge in the prices of commodities brought about by the continuous increase in the oil prices that greatly affects the entire country.