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Wage Board tackles wage hike in Region I

 

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-I has concluded its public consultations to explore the possibility of issuing new wage orders for company and domestic workers. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director and RTWPB-I Chair Nathaniel V. Lacambra said Wage Order RB 1-19 has turned one year on January 25, while Wage Order RB1-DW-01 is already more than two years old since it took effect on October 2, 2016.  

“With the events that transpired within those periods, the Board has deemed it proper to initiate the review of current socio-economic conditions,” Director Lacambra said. 

Public hearings were conducted for the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union on February 15, while a similar activity was done for Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur on February 19 in an effort by the Board to encourage broader representation and insightful dialogue with management and labor representatives. 

Some 258 attendees were informed of regional conditions that include inflation rate, poverty incidence, capacity of employers to pay, investments generated in business name registration, employment situation, requirements of economic development, comparative wages and income, and many others. 

“We need to carefully evaluate whether or not new wage rates are needed at this point,” the RTWPB Chair said. 

The Board wants to increase the purchasing power of workers without compromising the viability of businesses, he told. 

WO No. 19, which took effect on January 25, 2018, has fixed the applicable minimum wage rate at P310 for large companies and commercial fishing, P285 for medium enterprises, P265 for small establishments and agricultural plantation and P256 for micro establishments and agricultural non-plantation.  

WO RB1-DW-01, on the other hand, sets the monthly minimum wage of domestic workers in cities and first-class municipalities at P3,500 and at P2,500 for those in other municipalities.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from RTWPB-I

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2019-02-28
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