DUMAGUETE CITY — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced here on Tuesday that…
In June, 14 regions will get wage increases.
MANILA, Philippines — 14 regional wage boards have already issued their respective wage orders, giving pay raises ranging from PHP30 to PHP110, in response to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s request to examine the existing minimum wage rates nationally.
Bello thanked the wage boards for resolving the petitions for wage adjustments with dispatch in a news release on Sunday, adding that minimum wage earners, including domestic workers, are expected to benefit from a series of pay hikes across the regions starting this month and lasting until early next year.
On Saturday, June 4, the earliest salary boost of PHP33 took effect in the National Capital Region, bringing the minimum wage rate to PHP570 for non-agricultural workers and PHP533 for agricultural workers.
The PHP50-PHP60 wage raises will be phased in over two years in the Cordillera Administrative Region. Starting on June 14, the minimum wage in the region will be PHP380, with a raise to PHP400 on January 1, 2023. Kasambahay (house assistants) will see their pay rise by PHP500 to PHP1,500, putting the new regional minimum wage to PHP4,500.
Meanwhile, the new minimum wage rate in the Ilocos Region would vary from PHP372 to PHP400. Starting June 6, the PHP60-PHP90 wage raise will be phased in over two to three months. Domestic employees’ minimum wage would also increase to PHP5,000.
The new minimum wage of PHP400-PHP420 would be implemented in two to three tranches in the Cagayan Valley, with the first tranche starting on June 8. The PHP1,000 pay raise will also benefit Kasambahay, bringing their monthly minimum income to PHP5,000.
Workers in Central Luzon will also benefit from a PHP40 pay increase, which will be phased in over two years across several sectors. The new minimum wage in the region will be PHP414 to PHP460, while in Aurora province, it will be PHP344 to PHP409.
The new minimum wage in Calabarzon will vary from PHP390 to PHP470 in the non-agricultural sector, PHP350 to PHP429 in the agriculture sector, and PHP350 in retail and service companies with less than ten employees.
Meanwhile, effective June 10, workers in Mimaropa will receive a PHP35 salary raise. The new minimum wage is PHP329 for businesses with less than ten employees and PHP355 for businesses with ten or more employees.
The wage board also approved a PHP1,000 rise in the monthly salary rate for domestic employees, bringing the new regional minimum wage to PHP4,500.
The new minimum wage in Bicol will be PHP365 in all sectors. The PHP55 wage raise will be phased in over two months, beginning June 18 and ending December 1. Kasambahays will also benefit from a PHP1,000 wage hike to P1,500 per month, bringing their monthly wage to PHP4,000.
The new minimum wage in the Visayas would range from PHP410 to PHP450 for private-sector workers and PHP4,500 for domestic workers in Region 6. On June 5, the wage raises went into effect.
The new minimum wage in Region 7 (Central Visayas) will vary from PHP382 to PHP435. Kasambahays will also receive a PHP500 pay raise, bringing their monthly minimum wage to PHP5,500 for chartered cities and first-class municipalities and PHP4,500 for the rest of the country. The pay raises will begin on June 14th.
For workers in Region 10 in Mindanao, the new minimum wage will range from PHP378 to PHP405 per month (Northern Mindanao). The wage raises will be phased in over two months, with the first PHP25 increase taking effect on June 18 and the second PHP15 to PHP22 increase taking effect on December 16.
The regional wage board also approved a P500 raise in the monthly minimum salary for domestic employees, bringing the new regional minimum wage rate to PHP4,500 for cities and first-class municipalities and PHP3,500 for other municipalities.
Meanwhile, starting June 19, workers in Region 11 (Davao Region) would receive a PHP47 salary raise in two to three tranches across all industries.
The daily minimum wage rates in the Davao Region will be PHP438 in the agriculture sector, PHP443 in the non-agriculture sector, and PHP443 for retail/service firms employing no more than 10 workers after the wage tranches are fully implemented. Meanwhile, in the Davao Region, the new monthly wage rate for domestic employees is PHP4,500.
A PHP32 wage rise will be introduced in two tranches in Region 12 (Soccsksargen), one on June 9 and the second on September 1. The new minimum wage rate in the region is PHP368 for non-agricultural workers and PHP347 for agricultural, service, and retail businesses.
Finally, in Region 13 (Caraga), the new daily minimum wage rate of PHP350 will go into effect on June 6 in Butuan City and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur; meanwhile, wage increases in the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, will be implemented in two tranches, one on June 6 and the other on September 1.