NCR wage hike takes effect on June 4

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MANILA — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced that the new minimum wage rates in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Visayas (Region 6) shall take effect early next month.

Bello said in a statement that the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has affirmed the salary increases ordered by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) for the NCR or Metro Manila and Western Visayas.

The new minimum wage for Metro Manila will take effect on June 4; while for Western Visayas, it starts on June 5, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Under Wage Order No. NCR-23 dated May 13, 2022, the daily minimum wage in NCR shall increase by P33, bringing the new basic pay rate to P570 for non-agriculture sector workers and P533 for agriculture workers.

Bello, who chairs the NWPC, stated that the commission also upheld last Friday the wage orders by the RTWPBs in Cagayan Valley (Region 2), MIMAROPA (Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan or Region 4B), and SOCCSKSARGEN (Region 12).

The wage orders, he said, grant higher pay for domestic workers in Cagayan Valley; minimum wage earners and domestic workers in MIMAROPA and minimum wage earners in SOCCSKSARGEN.

According to the Wage Order No. 02-DW-04 by RTWPB in Cagayan Valley on May 18, a P1,000 monthly wage hike was granted for domestic workers in the region. This brings their monthly minimum salary from P4,000 to P5,000.

Wage Order No. RB-MIMAROPA-10 grants an increase of P35 for workers in Region 4B. This means that the minimum daily pay is now P329 in establishments with less than 10 workers and P355 in establishments employing 10 or more workers.

Wage Order No. RB-MIMAROPA-DW-03, on the other hand, grants an increase of P1,000 to the monthly wage rate of domestic workers, increasing their basic pay to P4,500 a month.

Lastly, the RTWPB XII’s Wage Order No. RBXII-22 increases the daily wage by P32 in SOCCSKSARGEN. But this will be given in tranches of P16 upon the effectivity of the Wage Order and P16 on Sept. 1, 2022.

The new minimum wage rate in the region would eventually be P368 for non-agriculture sector and P347 for agriculture/service/retail establishments.

The wage orders will go into effect 15 days after they are published in a regional newspaper.

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.