P15 wage increase for Davao approved

Subscribe Now December 09, 2011 at 09:49am

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Thursday announced a wage increase of P15 for minimum wage workers in the Davao region to allow employees to cope with the rising cost of living. She said the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-Region 11 determined the need to restore the lost of purchasing power of minimum wage earners in the Davao region. The wage hike, however, does not impair the productivity and viability of business and industry in the region, Baldoz said.

“The wage order integrates into the basic wage the cost of living allowance of P15 pesos provided for under a previous wage order, Wage Order No. RB XI-16, and provides for a P15 cost of living allowance, P5 of which will take effect after the issuance of the new wage order and the balance of P10 to take effect on May 1, 2012,” Baldoz said.

The new wage hike will take effect upon the confirmation by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) of the new wage order and 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

At least 10 regional wage boards, including the National Capital Region, issued wage increases this year ranging from P10 per day in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao to P22 per day for the NCR. Regions 7, 9 and 12 did not issue wage hike orders.

With the new wage hike order, minimum wage earners in the non-agriculture sector in the Davao region will now receive P291 daily wage, while workers in the agriculture sector will receive a daily wage of P281.

Likewise, retail and service workers in companies with more than 10 workers will receive P291 daily pay, while those in establishments with not more than 10 workers will get P260 in daily pay, after the wage order takes effect.

Source: businessmirror.com.ph

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