Labor group asks P320 minimum wage increase

Marje Pelayo   •   May 31, 2018   •   4522


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QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed Thursday, May 31, a bill that seeks an additional P320 to the daily minimum wage.

The labor group filed House Bill Number 7805 that would increase the current minimum wage of P512  to P832  a day for workers in the private sector in the National Capital Region.

Based on the minimum wage matrix, an increase in NCR would entitle other regions to wage increase as well. This would mean an increase from P610 to P720  daily minimum wage in Luzon; from P605 to P686 in Visayas; and from P585 to P660 in Mindanao.

TUCP Assistant General Secretary and Spokesperson Vicente Camilon Junior said such minimum wage hike is reasonable for families to catch up with increasing prices of commodities.

“Lahat ay apekdato sa TRAIN, sa peso depreciation, sa oil price increase, lahat apektado,” he said.

(Everyone is affected by TRAIN, peso depreciation, oil price increase.)

Meanwhile, Malacañang said it doesn’t oppose any call for a minimum wage increase and will respect whatever the decision of Congress on the matter.

“Tama po ang ginawa ng TUCP.  Naghain sila ng panukalang batas dahil iyong batas na umiiral po ngayon ay regional wage increases. Pero kung maipapasa po iyan ay gagalangin naman po ng Palasyo,” said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque.

(TUCP did the right thing. They filed a proposal because the prevailing law is regional wage increases.  If it gets approved the Palace will respect its passage.  — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue


DOLE formally announces P25 pay hike for NCR workers

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Call center agents in their workstations.

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) formally announced on Monday (November 5) the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“The NCR regional board increased a P25 basic wage increase and integration of its existing P10 COLA. Upon effectivity of wage order number NCR-22,the new minimum wage increase rates in Metro Manila shall be P500 to P537  across different sectors,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.

The regional wage board approved the wage hike on October 30.

According to the executive director of the National Wages and Productivity Commission Criselda Sy, the amount of the new wage hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

The new wage order will take effect 15 days after publication or on November 21. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

Metro Manila workers to receive P25 daily minimum pay hike – TUCP

Marje Pelayo   •   October 31, 2018



QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Metro Manila workers will soon receive a P25 daily pay increase to their minimum wage.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) announced this on Wednesday (October 31) in a press conference in Quezon City.

ALU-TUCP Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said the employers’ group immediately announced the decision right after the meeting with the Wage Board.

However, the labor union is not satisfied as they find the wage increase too low compared with their original pay hike request of P344 a day.

The labor group argued that in reality, they will only get P25 from the additional amount because the remaining P10 is already covering their cost of living allowance (COLA).

“Nag offer kami ng P100. Ang employers ay nag-offer ng P25. Pero noong nag-deadlock, nagbotohan. Lumabas nanalo ang P25 dahil nagkutsabaan ang employer (at) ang government representative sa wage board,” alleged Tanjusay.

With the additional amount, Metro Manila workers will receive P537 daily minimum wage once the Labor Department officially announces the pay hike. This include the P10 COLA.

But for the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) said only 7% of the country’s workforce will benefit from the wage hike in Metro Manila. The group argued that even how low the wage increase would be, such as the P25, such measure still have impact on the employers’ sector.

“Mayroong mga mahihirapan. Mayroong hindi kaya iyan (so) magsasara, may magtatago, mayroon hindi magko-comply. Mayroon magda-downsize, magtataas ng presyo, mayroon naman iyong ibabawas,” explained ECOP representative Sergio Ortiz-Luis.

For his part, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said they have yet to receive the recommendation adding that he might announce the final amount of wage increase by Monday.

“Iyan ang sinasabi ko nga wala pang formal report coming from the Board. Kung meron mang ganung news ay baka leak yan ng mga members ng board pero officially wala pang sinasabi,” clarified Bello.

The TUCP, however, will appeal the new decision, and if necessary, they will file for another petition next month to seek for another pay increase especially because of the rising inflation. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

P20.00 minimum wage hike for Central Luzon workers takes effect August 1

Marje Pelayo   •   August 1, 2018

Canned-food factory workers


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Wages and Productivity Commission published the implementation of the P20.00 minimum wage hike for workers in Central Luzon.

The wage increase officially takes effect Wednesday, August 1.

According to Wage Order No. RBIII-21, the daily minimum wage for workers in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will be raised from the previous P380 to P400 for non-agriculture and from P350 to P370 for agriculture workers.

Retail and service workers will receive an adjusted minimum wage of P389 from the previous P369.

Meanwhile, workers in the province of Aurora will receive the wage increase in two tranches. Following the implementation of the order, they will receive an additional P10 to the current daily minimum wage while the next P10 will be added after six months.

Currently, Aurora workers receive a P329 daily wage for the non-agriculture sector; P314 for agriculture sector; and P264 for retail and service sectors. – Marje Pelayo




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