Palace supports DOLE order to review minimum wages

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MANILA – Malacañang supports Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III’s directive to review minimum wages nationwide as oil prices continue to rise due to Russia’s ongoing conflict with Ukraine.

This statement was given by Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, also acting presidential spokesperson, after Bello directed Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) across the country to review minimum wages and submit their recommendations by April or May.

Nagpahayag na rin si Labor Secretary Bebot Bello ng kaniyang suhestiyon diyan sa pag-increase ng minimum wage at siya naman ay sang-ayon dito (Labor Secretary Bebot Bello has given his suggestion on the proposal to increase minimum wage and he supports it). So I will take it from the Labor Secretary na kung iyon ang kaniyang (if that is his) policy,” Andanar said in an interview over DZBB.

He stated that because Bello is the President’s “alter ego”, he would make decisions and enact policies that benefit the country and Filipinos.

“‘Di ba iyong veinte mil mo, ano na lang ang magagawa sa veinte mil ‘di ba or sampung libo, kinse mil. So kailangan talagang dagdagan (What can you do with PHP20,000 or PHP10,000 or PHP15,000. We need to raise wages)” he added.

Bello stated on Wednesday that the PHP537 minimum wage for the National Capital Region (NCR) is too low.

“The PHP537 daily minimum wage (NCR) we have a slight problem because of the skyrocketing prices, that is why you can hear drivers, operators asking for (fare) increase,” he said in a statement.

According to Bello, the fuel price hikes which have been worsened by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine may be a “compelling ground for the wage boards to recommend adjustments in the minimum wages of workers.”

“Hopefully before the end of April or May, they already have recommendations. We also need to be careful on wage adjustment to strike a balance between the need of workers and the existence of the employer,” Bello said.

RTWPBs are in charge of receiving petitions for minimum wage increases in their respective locations across the country.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.