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Ilocos workers to get up to P30 wage hike on Labor Day’s eve


SAN FERNANDO CITY, La UnionMinimum wage earners in Region 1 will enjoy higher pay starting April 30. 

Wage Board I Chair and DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra today announced that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) granted up to P30 wage increase for workers in the region, pegging the highest daily minimum wage rate at P340. 

He said Wage Order No. RB1-20 and its implementing rules will be published on April 15 in Northern Times and will take effect 15 days after, or on April 30. 

The Order increased the minimum wages, as follows: 

1.    P30 per day for workers receiving P310 daily in establishments employing 30 or more workers;

2.    P25 per day for workers receiving P285 daily in establishments employing 10 to 29 workers;

3.    P17 per day for workers receiving P265 daily in establishments employing less than 10 workers;

4.    P17 per day for workers receiving P256 daily in establishments employing less than 10 workers upon effectivity of the order, and an additional P9 per day six months after effectivity of the order;

5.    P30 per day for workers receiving P265 daily in agriculture plantation enterprises, and

6.    P26 per day for workers receiving P256 daily in agriculture non-plantation enterprises. 

“It was decided by the Board to adopt employment size in determining the classification of industries to simplify the wage structure,” Director Lacambra said. 

He said the change will make the administration and implementation of the wage order easier.  It was also necessary to conform to the provisions of section 4(a) of Republic Act 6727, or the Wage Rationalization Act, he added. 

“After careful review of socio-economic conditions during public hearings and board meetings, the amounts of increase were determined to balance the needs of workers and businesses,” Director Lacambra told. 

Any increases higher than those agreed upon might lead to more problems in the future, he added. 

Wage Order No. RB1-19, the existing wage order, has reached its anniversary on January 25. It fixed the 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. 

Once in effect, copies of WO RB1-20 and its IRR can be downloaded at the National Wages and Productivity Commission website.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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