Davao regional wage board prepares hearing for raise

Subscribe Now September 13, 2011 at 10:30am

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will convene next week to discuss adjustments in daily minimum wage that could take effect before the end of the year, a Labor official said on Monday. Joffrey M. Suyao, regional director of the Labor department, told local journalists here that the meeting next week will kick off public hearings that have to be completed within 45 days from their start and that a new wage order should be produced within a month from the last day of consultations.

“Aside from economic indicators, we will also look at the capacity of the employers to pay,” he said, noting there had been employers who did not comply with the last wage order.

Latest data from the regional office of the Labor department show about a quarter of the 1,200 employers checked by field teams since last April did not implement the prescribed minimum wage.

Wage Order No. RTWPB-XI-16, which took effect on Sept. 1 last year, raised the daily basic wage by P21 to P255-P286.

“What is going for us right now is we haven’t received any formal petition. That is favorable for us because it means there’s ongoing industrial peace in the region,” Ma. Lourdes D. Lim, regional director of National Economic and Development Authority, said in a phone interview on Monday.

Citing initial assessment, she said her office has “observed some increases” in the prices of basic goods, including fuel and consequent higher fares for public transport.

Official data show that inflation rate in the region picked up to 5.3% in August from 5.2% in July, even as the national rate eased to 4.3% from 4.6% in those months. Inflation in the region was driven particularly by “fuel, light and water” for which the index surged to 10.4% from 5.5%.

Source: bworldonline.com

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