TACLOBAN CITY – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Eastern Visayas announced that the additional Php 10 daily minimum wage took effect Thursday, February 18.
RTWPB chairman and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 8 regional director Yahya Centi shared the increase is part of the second tranche of the wage adjustment approved by the Board last year, making the minimum wage Php 325 for non-agriculture workers.
He added that under Wage Order 21, those working in cottage industries and the agriculture sector would now receive Php 295 daily minimum wage.
The official noted that 2019 was a year of accomplishments for them, citing that the first tranche of the increase was approved on July 22, 2019, and took effect on August 18, which added Php 10 to the daily pay of the region’s labor force.
“The wage rates prescribed in the order applies to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in Eastern Visayas, regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid,” he said.
The minimum wage for domestic helpers or “kasambay” was also prescribed to Php 4,500 from Php 2,500 in chartered cities and municipalities, and Php 4,000 from Php 2,000 in other municipalities monthly.
The official shared that 94 percent of more than 1,600 registered establishments are generally compliant to the labor standards based on their monitoring. “In the context of labor inspections, we are more than 11%, which is monumental in the history of DOLE 8. We have the highest rate throughout the country,” Centi said. By Marie Tonette Marticio