Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get pay increase

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2018   •   6521

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

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

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

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 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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