Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday reminded private sector employers in the National Capital Region that starting 1 January 2014, all minimum wage earners in the metropolis will have an increase in their basic pay following the integration of the P15 of the existing P30 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) as provided under Wage Order NCR-No.18.

“Wage Order NCR-No.18 provides for a P10 additional pay effective 1 October 2013, and the integration to the basic pay of the P15 of the existing P30 COLA provided under Wage Order NCR-No. 17, which took effect on 1 January 2014,” said Baldoz.

With the integration, the minimum wage rate for private sector workers in the NCR now stands at P466, composed of the P451 basic pay and the other half of the existing COLA, or P15.

“The integration of the P15 COLA to the basic pay translates to a P330 increase in the minimum monthly basic pay of NCR workers. It also means an increase in minimum wage earners’ 13th month pay, overtime pay, night shift differential pay, and other statutory benefits because the integrated P15 COLA is included in the computation of these benefits,” Baldoz explained.

Pursuant to Wage Order NCR-No. 18, the new wage rate shall apply to all minimum wage workers in the private sector in the NCR regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment, and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

However, excluded in the new wage rate are household service or domestic helpers; persons in the personal service of another, including family drivers; and workers of duly-registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority.

Wage Order NCR-No. 18 also states that workers paid by result, including those who are paid on piecework, “takay”, “pakyaw”, or task basis, shall be entitled to receive the prescribed minimum wage per eight hours of work per day, or a proportion thereof for working less than eight hours.

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