DOLE RTWPB starts wage consultation today Print
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 13:44

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) is set to kick-off their series of wage consultations today at a local restaurant in this city.

Joel M. Ijirani, RTWPB secretary, said that the first consultation will be in Zamboanga followed by March 7 in Isabela City, Ipil Municipality on March 13, Pagadian City on March 14, and March 15 in Dipolog City.

Representatives from the employer sector, labor sector, and other stakeholders are expected to participate during the consultation.

During the consultation, socio economic indicators such as inflation rate and consumer price index will be presented  to enlighten the participants.

After the consultations, all the data will be collated to be used for the decision making of the wage board. There will also be a possible wage hearing after the consultation depending on the decision of the board.

Consultation was done motoproprio despite an absence of a petition from the workers. It was also learned that Wage Order 19 has already been in effect for a year.

Recall that DOLE RTWPB wage order 19 became effective in Region 9 last October 1, 2016.

The following were the rates included in the order:  plantation,P277; non-plantation P267; retail service establishments P283;  cottage handicraft enterprises P267; and for workers from the non-agricultural including private hospitals, educational institutions, security agencies, janitorial and retail/service establishments employing more than 30 workers, P296.00.

The Regional Wage Board is composed of two representatives from the employers sector, Edgar Lim and Roberto Valerio;  two from the labor 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, Ofelia B. Domingo. (RGAAGo)