Workers wage hike bared PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 July 2016 15:13

By R.G. ANTONET GO

After three years of waiting, region 9 workers now have a P16 wage increase anf P500 for the household workers or “Kasambahay” after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved the increase after a meeting Thursday night .

Wage Order Number 18 took effect on June 10, 2013 which is now being implemented. And now, the workers in the region will expect an increase in salary.

Sisinio B. Cano, DOLE 9 regional director, who is also the wage board chairman, said in an interview that there were two major agreements during the meeting of the wage board. It unanimously approved to increase the minimum wage and adjust the rate of the household workers.

Cano said upon the effectivity of the new wage order, P16 increase will be given to the workers coming from the non-agricultural sector,lantation agricultural enterprises, non-plantation agricultural enterprise, and retail service establishment.

Workers from the non-agricultural sector including private hospitals, educational institutions, security agencies, janitorial and retail/service establishments employing more than 30 workers will now receive P296 from P280.

For those in  plantation agricultural enterprises, they will now receive P271 from P255. For those in the non-plantation agricultural enterprise, they will now receive P251 from P235 and for those in  retail service establishment they will now receive P276 from P260.

The regional director said, by July 8 they will finish the new wage order and submit it to the National Wages and Productivity Commission.

He added that two wage orders will be submitted one wage order for adjusting the wage of workers in the private sector while the other wage order adjusting the wage of household workers.

However, there will also be a staggered implementation for the plantation agricultural enterprises, non-plantation agricultural enterprise, and for the retail service establishment so that by October 31, 2017 these industries will all have a wage of P283.

Cano said, by July 8 they will finish the new wage order and submit it to the DOLE RTWPB central office. He added, that there will be two wage orders that will be submitted one wage order for adjusting the wage of workers in the private sector while the other wage order adjusting the wage of household workers.

For the household workers, the minimum wage in cities and first class municipalities is P2,000 per month which will increase to P2,500, and for other municipalities from P1,500 to P2,000.

“Hopefully, the employers will understand. They will cooperate with us, and hopefully implement the provisions of the new wage order,” Cano said

Before the wage board finally decided for the increase, a wage consultation was conducted in Isabela City, Ipil, Pagadian City, Dipolog City, and Zamboanga City. The economic condition of the city and the region was checked to include consumer’s price index, inflation rate, and purchasing power.

The Regional Wage Board is composed of two representatives from the employers sector, Edgar Lim and Roberto Valerio, two from the workers sector, Jose Suan and Rey Anthony Trio, the Vice Chairman, and National Economic Development Authority IX (NEDA) Regional Director Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, Vice Chairman and Department of Trade and Industry IX (DTI) Regional Director, Sitti Amina Jain and DOLE Regional Director and Wage Board Chairman, Sisinio B. Cano. — R.G. A A. Go