Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday directed all Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) to conduct nationwide consultations on the legislative measures proposing for a P125 across-the-board general wage increase in the private sector.


“I have instructed all Regional Wage Boards to convene and review the anticipated legislative measures on the P125 wage increase. All workers, regardless of whether they are agricultural or non-agricultural, deserve equal treatment under the law,” said Bello.


He added that the nationwide consultations are aimed at studying legislative measures on the P125 general wage increase for workers in the private sector which will be filed in the 17th Congress.


The consolidated findings from the consultations conducted by the 17 Regional Wage Boards will be submitted to the Office of the Secretary not later than 14 September 2016.


Bello said that legislative proposal on the P125 across-the-board wage increase have been filed even during the 13th Congress.


“The proposal for a P125 across-the-board increase have been filed before. We foresee that the same measures will be re-filed in the 17th Congress,” said Bello.


He added that the wage boards will consult with workers and employers groups, as well as other government agencies, during the nationwide consultations to determine if prevailing wage and socio-economic conditions would warrant a P125 across-the-board wage adjustments.

END/celeste maring


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