Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get pay increase

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2018   •   7181

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get additional pay starting Thursday (July 12) after the National Wages and Productivity Commission approved on June 8 the petition for a pay hike.

From the current P323.50, workers in non-agriculture, industrial and commercial sectors will receive a P365 daily minimum wage.

Meanwhile, agricultural workers will receive a P295 daily minimum wage, an increase of P23.50 to the current P271.50 daily pay.

Plantation workers who earn P281.50 a day will start receiving a P295 daily minimum wage.

“More or less the wage increase here in Western Visayas is okay for the employee because it’s less more than the poverty threshold and afford naman ng employer,” said DOLE 6 Regional Director Atty. Johnson Cañete.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) considered in allowing the wage increase was the P289 daily poverty threshold in the province that is no longer enough due to the increasing prices of commodities and the rising inflation.

“Kung ako po ay trabahante, ang sweldo ko ay dapat hindi bababa sa poverty threshold because kung ang sweldo ko ay mababa pa sa poverty threshold parang wala rin akong trabaho na nangyayari,” explained Cañete

DOLE warns that failure to impose the minimum wage increase would mean a criminal complaint against the company. Meanwhile, newly established firms, those affected by calamities and firms who cannot afford a wage increase may file a petition.

Meanwhile, pay increase for workers in Aklan is still pending due to a moratorium on the six-month Boracay rehabilitation work but DOLE assured that they may expect the minimum wage increase by November. – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo

DPWH: 8 evacuation centers built in Western Visayas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced, there are now eight evacuation centers in Western Visayas.

Two evacuation centers have been completed recently and was officially turned over to the DPWH. There were already six centers that were previously turned over during the first half of the year.

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the said barangays will no longer have to use schools as evacuation centers.

“Residents of Barangay Milibili, Roxas City and Barangay Igtambo in San Miguel, Iloilo no longer have to use schools as temporary shelters in times of calamities with the completion of these bigger and better disaster resilient infrastructures,” he said.

The DPWH said the evacuation centers are gender-responsive and persons with disability (PWD)-friendly. They also have an office and infirmary building, laundry and drying building, toilet and bath building. The evacuation centers can accommodate around 33 families.

Meanwhile, DPWH Region 6 is set to turn-over two more evacuation centers while another evacuation center is targeted for completion before the year ends.—AAC

DOLE: Bus drivers, conductors to get fixed pay starting March

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2019

A bus driver

MANILA, Philippines — Bus companies will soon be obliged to pay a fixed salary and performance-based incentive to their drivers and conductors.

Under the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) guidelines No. 1 series of 2019, the new pay scheme is set to take effect by mid-March.

“The fixed-wage component shall be an amount mutually agreed upon by the public utility bus owners and/or operators and the driver/conductor and shall be paid in legal tender. It shall in no case be lower than the applicable minimum wage for work performed during hours/day,” the NWPC guidelines stated.

Bus operators will be obliged to implement a mutually-agreed upon pay package for drivers and conductors, based on their revenue, ridership, safety and specific conditions of routes.

The fixed pay should also not be lower than minimum pay in the region of operation.

Meanwhile, the performance-based component will be based on business performance, safety performance and other factors.

The NWPC also said that bus drivers and conductors are also entitled to receive other wage-related benefits such as overtime pay, night shift differential, service incentive leave, 13th-month pay and holiday and premium pay, among others.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned that failure to comply with the policy will result in the revocation of their franchise. – Robie de Guzman

P25 minimum wage increase for Metro Manila workers takes effect today

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The P25 salary increase for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila is now in effect as posted in the official social media account of the National Wages and Productivity Commission on Thursday (November 22).

The wage adjustment increased the minimum daily salary of workers in the private sector from P512 to P537 for non-agriculture sector.

Meanwhile, those who work in sectors like agriculture, retail service or establishments employing 15 workers or less as well as manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers will also have P25 daily wage increase.

This means, their minimum wage of P445 pesos will now be P500. – UNTV News and Rescue

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