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Eastern Visayas’ wage board is awaiting approval of a pay raise.

According to an official, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) has already settled on the proposed wage increase for private workers in Eastern Visayas, but the National Wages and Productivity Commission has yet to approve it.

According to Norma Rae Costimiano, regional information officer of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in a phone interview on Tuesday, the regional board had its final deliberation on Monday night and came up with recommendations taking into account the suggestions of employers and workers.

The RTWPB is chaired by DOLE and consists of six members: three from the government, two from the workers’ sector, and one from the employers’ side.

“The recommendation has already been sent to the NWPC for consideration.” Before we can release anything to the public, we need to wait for their reaction. Costimiano said in a text message on Wednesday that he hopes the panel would act quickly.

However, the authority did not reveal the requested wage increase amount.

The RTWPB held the first public hearing in Macrohon, Southern Leyte, on April 22, and the same activity in Ormoc City, Northwest Leyte, on April 27.

Similar events were conducted at Borongan City for Eastern Samar province, Calbayog City for Samar province, Catarman town for Northern Samar province, and Tacloban City for northern Leyte province from May 16 to 23.

The review is in response to a petition filed by the Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment and Reforms to modify the daily minimum wage of private-sector workers to PHP750 per day.

Under Wage Order No. 21, which was issued in August 2019, the current minimum daily pay in the region is PHP325 per day.

14 regional wage boards have already issued their respective wage orders, authorizing pay raises ranging from PHP30 to PHP110, in response to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s request to examine existing minimum wage rates nationally.

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