CL workers to receive new wage increase starting Aug.1

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 4 years ago

BALANGA CITY, BataanCentral Luzon workers will now enjoy a new minimum wage via Wage Order No. RBIII-21, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), announced today.
The new wage order takes effect on August 1, fifteen days after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 3 (RTWPB-3) published the order today at a local leading newspaper.
DOLE Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita, who chairs the RTWPB-3 or commonly known as the Regional Wage Board, said that workers will be receiving an additional P20.00 per day.
“We are happy to inform our workers all over the region that a new minimum wage is taking effect this August. This means that the additional daily wage increase will enable them to provide more take home pay for their families,” RD Campita said.
The prevailing minimum wage in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will increase from P380.00 to P400.00 per day upon the order’s effectivity.
Meanwhile, Aurora province’s daily minimum wage increase effects in two tranches—from P329.00, a P10.00 increase to P339.00 on August 1and another P10.00 increase to P349.00, six months later.
RD Campita noted that the above-mentioned adjustments only pertain to non-agricultural establishments with an employment size of 10 or more workers.
“The new regional minimum wage will vary across industries as indicated on the matrix specified in the order and its implementing rules. Non-Agricultural firms’ rate will vary based on those employing 10 or more workers and those with less than 10 workers. Meanwhile, minimum wages will also vary for plantation and non-plantation agri-based firms, likewise with retail or service firms with 16 or more workers and those with less than 16 workers,” RD Campita explained.
The new wage order is a result of the Regional Wage Board’s consultations with labor and management representatives from different industries in most parts of the region per RD Campita.
“After the Wage Board’s careful review of the prevailing socio-economic conditions of the entire region, together with the results of our public consultations across sectors, the Board acknowledged the need to help workers cope up with the rising cost of living brought by the TRAIN Law implementation and fuel hikes by providing them with relief without impairing the viability of businesses and industries, taking into account the need for investment, competitiveness of the region, and job creation and preservation,” RD Campita explained, adding:
“The Regional Wage Board deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at reasonable and equitable levels in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis, average wage, along with the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tier Wage System.”
The Wage Board, which spearheaded the consultations, comprised the DOLE as chair while the National Economic Development Authority and Department of Trade and Industry as vice chair.
The Wage Board also has members represented by labor and management sector.
The DOLE, NEDA, DTI, and other concerned agencies presented the socio-economic scenario of the region to attending stakeholders from various industries during the consultations.
RD Campita noted that the new minimum wage shall apply to workers receiving the minimum wage in the region regardless of their position, employment status, and how their wages are paid.
Wage Order No. RBIII-21 takes precedence over Wage Order No. RBIII-20, which effected in May 1, 2017.

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