Metro Manila Workers Gets Minimum Wage Increase of P25.00

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The Duterte administration fulfilled some of his campaign promises by increasing the wages of Workers in Metro Manila as they will be getting the P25.00 minimum wage increase based on the recent decision of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a media briefing on Monday that the new minimum wage would take effec 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation. The head of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered its immediate publication.

“Sa fixing ng wage adjustment, hindi mo lang kino-consider kung sapat sa pangangailangan ng mangagawa. We have to consider other factors, like ‘yung capacity ng employers. So sa tingin ng board, ‘yun ang tamang wage adjustment in the capital region,” Bello said.

Under Wage Order NCR-22 dated October 30, the ₱10 cost of living allowance in the current wage of ₱512 for non-agriculture and ₱475 for agriculture (plantation and non-plantation), retail/service establishments employing 15 people or less and manufacturing regularly employing less than 10 workers was integrated into the basic pay. In addition, the wage board approved a ₱25 basic wage adjustment resulting in new minimum wage rates of ₱537 for non-agriculture workers and ₱500 for other types of workers.

Some Labor Groups had asked for P334 wage hike, but the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said industries would not be able to shoulder this even as the amount would have an impact on consumer prices.

“Hindi po kasi ibig sabihin na ‘pag tumaas ang inflation, kung ano na po ang tinaas niya, ‘yun na agad ‘yung ibibigay niyo na increase sa mga worker,” NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda Sy said.

Source: PNA

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