P25 minimum wage increase for Metro Manila workers takes effect today

Marje Pelayo   •   November 22, 2018   •   15818

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)

Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get pay increase

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2018

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

TUCP seeks P500 subsidy for minimum wage earners

admin   •   October 9, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed last September 26 House Bill No. 6474 which seeks to provide a Labor Empowerment Assistance Program (LEAP).

The bill includes a P500 month subsidy to around four million minimum wage earners who are also members of the Social Security System (SSS).

The said amount is specifically intended for workers’ food and basic services.

The Associated Labor Unions-TUCP said such proposal is timely because the prices of basic commodities are constantly increasing.

“It’s not in a form of cash but a voucher. So it cannot be used to purchase liquor or cigarette,” said ALU-TUCP Vice President Louie Corral.

The group also urges President Rodrigo Duterte to mark the bill as priority or likely issue an executive order.

Labor groups mentioned the proposal last Labor Day. It will cause the government two billion pesos monthly once the proposal is approved for execution.

“Ang initial ng reaction niya [President Duterte], may funds available. Puwedeng kunin ito doon sa CCT program o sa mga nalalabing savings ng mga gov’t agencies,” said Corral.

For some minimum wage earners, the subsidy will somehow make their daily spending lighter.

“Malaking tulong po yun samin dagdag po yun sa pangangailangan namin,” said Roldan Anguba, a security guard and a minimum wage earner.

“Nagbabaon po ako ng kanin para mas makakatipid,” said Reymart Olera, a utility man.

ALU-TUCP said that a family of five can live decently with a budget of P1,200 a day.

The minimum wage now amounts to P512 after the wage board implemented the P21 wage increase last week. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue


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