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    NCR, Western Visayas wage boards grant minimum wage hike

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced Saturday, May 14, 2022, the minimum wage hike in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Visayas.

    The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – NCR issued Wage Order No. NCR-23 on May 13 that granted a wage increase of Php 33 bringing the new minimum wage rate to Php 570 and Php 533 for workers in the non-agriculture and agriculture sectors, respectively.

    NCR, Western Visayas wage boards grant minimum wage hike

    It is expected to protect around one million minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region from undue low pay. The increase considered the restoration of the purchasing power of minimum wage earners because of the escalating prices of basic goods, commodities, and petroleum products.

    The last Wage Order for workers in private establishments in NCR took effect on November 22, 2018.

    The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – VI (Western Visayas) issued Wage Order No. RBVI-26 providing a wage increase for workers in the non-agriculture, industrial and commercial establishments of Php 55 and Php 110 bringing the daily minimum wage in the region to Php 450 and Php 420 for those employing more than 10 workers and those employing 10 or less workers, respectively. In addition, the Board granted a Php 95 increase for workers in the agriculture sector bringing the daily minimum wage to Php 410.

    It is expected to protect around 214,836 minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region from undue low pay. The increase considered the restoration of the purchasing power of minimum wage earners because of the escalating prices of basic goods, commodities, and petroleum products as well as to bring the minimum wage rate above the 2021 first semester poverty threshold.

    Additionally, the Board issued Wage Order No. RBVI-DW-04 providing a wage increase of Php 500 bringing the new monthly minimum wage rate for domestic workers to Php 4,500. It is expected to benefit 160,795 domestic workers (49,413 live-in and 111,382 live-out).

    The last Wage Order for workers in private establishments and for domestic workers in Western Visayas took effect on November 26, 2019 and May 8, 2019, respectively.

    The new Wage Orders will be submitted to the Commission for review and shall take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

    — The Summit Express

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