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Workers in the provinces of Calabarzon and Davao will see wage increases.

MANILA, Philippines — Minimum wage laborers in Region 4-A (Calabarzon) and Region XI (Davao) will benefit from a series of salary raises after regional wage boards approved increases in their respective minimum salaries.

Silvestre Bello III, Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), stated on Saturday that private-sector workers in Calabarzon will earn an additional PHP47 to PHP92 in their pay.

Workers in the Davao region, on the other hand, will receive a PHP47 bonus.

Salary Order RBIVA-19 was unanimously adopted by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Region 4-A, setting the new minimum wage in the non-agriculture sector to PHP470 in the extended metropolitan area and the cities of Antipolo and Dasmarinas.

Workers in component cities and (first-class) municipalities will earn a total of PHP429, while workers in developing growth areas (second and third-class municipalities) and resource-based areas would receive PHP390 (fourth, fifth, and sixth-class municipalities).

Meanwhile, in the agriculture sector, the new minimum wage rates are PHP429 in the expanded metropolitan area, component cities, and (first-class) municipalities; PHP390 in the emerging growth area (second and third-class municipalities); and PHP350 in the resource-based area (fourth, fifth, and sixth class municipalities).

The new minimum wage for retail and service enterprises with fewer than ten employees is PHP350, an increase of PHP47 over the previous PHP303.

The wage increases will be distributed in two stages. Workers will profit from the number of raises when the new pay order goes into force and for the next six months, according to the wage board.

The RTWPB cited the restoration of workers’ purchasing power, the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the competitiveness of wage levels between and across contiguous similarly situated regions, the simplification of the prevailing wage structure, and the need to promote industry dispersal as criteria for approving the new wage order in the region, according to Bello.

In Region 4-A, there are approximately 1.8 million workers.

Meanwhile, the RTWPB in Davao Region issued Wage Order No. RBXI-21, which gives workers in agriculture, non-agriculture (industrial/commercial and retail/service companies employing more than 10 workers), and retail/service establishments employing less than 10 workers a PHP47 wage boost.

The wage increase will be phased in over two years, with the first PHP31 taking effect on January 1, 2023, and the second PHP16 taking effect on January 1, 2024.

Workers in retail/service firms with fewer than ten employees will receive an additional PHP15 starting April 1, 2023.

The daily minimum wage rates in the Davao region will increase from PHP391 to PHP438 in the agriculture sector, from PHP396 to PHP443 in the non-agriculture sector, and from PHP381 to PHP443 for retail/service establishments employing less than 10 workers after the wage tranches are fully implemented.

The Board also issued RBXI-DW-02, which set the new monthly salary rate for domestic employees at PHP4,500, representing a PHP1,500 increase, and PHP2,500 for chartered cities and first-class municipalities, as well as other municipalities.

“The minimum wage increases are expected to benefit around 154,763 private establishment workers and 64,111 domestic workers in the Davao region,” Bello said, noting that the previous wage order for private establishment workers went into effect on August 16, 2018, while the one for domestic workers went into effect on December 16, 2017.

The issued wage orders were sent to the National Wages and Productivity Commission for assessment and approval, and they will take effect 15 days after being published in a regional newspaper of general circulation.

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