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Minimum wage earners in NCR may expect P20 or higher pay increase – DOLE

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 27th, 2018


(File photo) Construction workers


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) is expected to finalize next month the amount of wage increase that workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will get.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured that the wage hike for minimum wage earners in NCR will not be lower than P20.00.

“It could be a minimum of P20 or above. Ang ibig sabihin within the range na iyan,” Bello said.

But for the labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), a P20-pesos increase is not enough.

According to Alan Tanjusay, the group’s spokesperson, they will appeal to the Wage Board if the P20-increase pushes through.

ALU-TUCP calls for a P320 increase in the minimum wage of Metro Manila workers.

But DOLE said they need to consider all aspects that could impact other sectors of the government before they implement a wage increase.

“We have to balance the interest of management and also especially labor hindi ka lang pwede magbigay ng ganyang kalaki,maaring makakabuti sa manggawa for a while kasi ok tataas sila pero eh kung mag-close yung business e di mawawalan sila ng trabaho,” explained Secretary Bello.

DOLE expects a final decision on the wage increase on the third week of October.

For a minimum wage earner like Vic Arañes, a P20-increase would never be enough for his family of six.

He wishes it to be higher.

“Sana mas higit pa dun kasi mababa talaga. Kapos pa rin. Pinagkakasya lang naming. Minsan sa isang araw halos dalawang beses na lang kami kumain sa sobrang tipid kasi nga maraming gastusin,” said Arañes, a construction worker. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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P25 daily wage hike for NCR workers to take effect November 22

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has announced that the P500 to P537 new minimum wage rates for Metro Manila workers will take effect on November 22.

The announcement comes after the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) officially confirmed the P25 wage increase for private sector minimum wage earners.

The wage board said that objecting parties may file their appeal within 10 days of the wage order’s release.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department questioned the third quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on the country’s unemployment rate.

The SWS poll conducted from September 15 to 23, 2018 showed that 22 percent or 9.8 million Filipinos are unemployed. This is higher than the 2.3 million figure reported in the labor force survey of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in July.

DOLE clarified that the SWS used different criteria of unemployment, age and sample population and dates when it conducted the interview.

The department said the employment rate in the country exhibited a generally increasing trend since 2010.

“Over the last decade, the recent employment outrun is recorded as the highest among previous July rounds, with similar results in July 2016. With an estimated 488,000 net generated employment, total employment reached 40.7 million,” said Labor Undersecretary Renato Ebarle. — UNTV News & Rescue


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Regional workers also to get pay increase – Wage Board

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines  — Apart from Metro Manila, the Wage Board also approved the salary increase in some regions alongside the formal announcement from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) of  the P25 daily minimum wage increase for workers in the National Capital Region (NCR).

In Region 2 or Cagayan Valley, the Board approved P10 peso-per basic wage increase.

Meanwhile, workers in Region 4B or those in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan (MIMAROPA) will have P12 to P20 pay hike.

This means that the new daily minimum wage rates will range from P320 to P360 in Cagayan valley and P283 to P320 in MIMAROPA across different sectors.

For its part, the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) said the amount of the new pay hike went through thorough deliberations by stakeholders.

“Doon po sa pagdedesisyon ng board kung ano po ang amount na pwedeng ibigay ay tinitignan po ang lahat ng anggulo,” said Ma. Criselda Sy, NWPC’s executive director.

Secretary Bello, meanwhile, added that assessment on the impact of pay hike is also being considered.

“Hindi mo lang kino-consider kung sapat sa pangangailangan ng manggagawa. You have to consider other factors like ang capacity ng management of employers,” he explained.

Nevertheless, Malacañang believes that the approved pay hike is enough for now.

“Perhaps as of presently, that’s what they found out, it’s enough, but I guess it’s always subject to change depending on the economic conditions,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo concluded.

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

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DOLE to probe surge of illegal Chinese workers in PH

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expressed concern over the growing number of Chinese nationals working in the country without the necessary legal documents.

“It is therefore possible that a significant number of Chinese nationals working here are working without a permit,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said.

Bello added that they are now verifying reports on the surge of illegal Chinese workers in the Philippines and are planning to launch a crackdown against them.

Based on DOLE’s record, there are around 51,980 Chinese nationals granted with work permits in the country since 2015.

The issue was uncovered after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon mentioned in a Senate hearing that there are around 400,000 foreign workers in the country.

According to DOLE’s record, there were only about 115,000 foreign nationals granted employment permits so far.

Bello agrees that granting employment permits to foreign nationals should not be done in haste as it depends only on the skills on demand.

“Binibigyan namin sila ng permit to work pero ang binibigyan lang namin ng permit to work ay ang mga magta-trabaho ng isang klaseng trabaho  na hindi kaya ng Pilipino. Kapag may Pilipino na kayang gawin ang trabaho na iyonn hindi namin ibibigay ang alien employment permit,” Bello said.

The Secretary said DOLE is not the only agency responsible for a foreign job applicant.

A work visa is provided by the Bureau of Immigration.

Workers in the mining industry are subject to the approval of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Bello vowed to look into the agencies compliance requirements even up to their respective regional offices to confirm if the granted alien employment permits were reasonable.

“Aalamin namin kung nabigyan nila ng AEP ay binigay sa isang Chinese na gagawa ng trabaho na hindi kayang gawin ng Pilipino,kasi kapag nalaman namin na nagbigay sila ng permit, halimbawa magluto ng pansit, eh kayang kaya naman niyan magluto ni Undersecretary Maglunsod, violation ng aming regulation iyan,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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