CEBU CITY — At least six labor organizations have petitioned for an across-the-board wage increase in Central Visayas, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Cebu said yesterday.
DOLE Region 7 Director Cyril L. Ticao, who serves as chairman of the RTWPB, said a PhP155.80 across-the-board daily wage adjustment petition was collectively filed by the Cebu Labor Coalition, Lonbisco Employees Organization (LEO), METAPHIL Workers Union (MWU), NUWHRAIN-Montebello Chapter, NLM-Katipunan, and Union Bank Employees Association (UBEA).
Also filed at the Board was the PHP120.00 across-the-board daily wage hike petition by the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP).
All petitions, Ticao said, have to be formally presented to the Wage Board in a public hearing, which is a requirement in fixing wages.
The first public hearing that will tackle the wage hike petition will be on April 12, 2018, in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Another one is to take place the following day, April 13, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
On April 26, the Board will hold the same in Cebu City, which will be followed by the final one on May 10 in Bogo City, Northern Cebu.
“Wage fixing is done on a regular basis to ensure that the welfare of those in the vulnerable sector is protected. The task now of the Board is to balance the interest of labor and management,” Ticao said.
The inputs gathered in the public consultation, Ticao added, will be instrumental for the Board to arrive at a collective, accurate, and precise decision – something which is beneficial not only to management and labor but also to the entire Region.
All parties who might oppose the petitions lodged at the RTWPB should be able to file their opposition on or before the scheduled date of public hearing.
“Interested parties could ask for a copy of the petitions filed and may examine the contents therein and other related pertinent records at the office of the RTWPB during the business hours,” encouraged Director Ticao.
The most recent wage order for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors in Central Visayas turned one year on March 10.
“We take into consideration the lapse of the one year prescriptive period of the current Wage Order. We agreed to consolidate the two petitions, which will be discussed in detail by all sectors concerned during a public hearing” said Director Ticao.
Wage Order No. 20, which took effect on March 10, 2017, provides that Class A Cities and Municipalities or those belonging to the Expanded Metro Cebu Area – Cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, and San Fernando have PHP366.00 as daily minimum wage rate.
Class B Cities and Municipalities or the Cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of Municipalities in Cebu Province except Bantayan and Camotes Islands should receive PHP333.00 per day.
PHP323.00 should be given to the workers in Class C Cities and Municipalities covering Tagbilaran City and all municipalities in Bohol Province and Negros Oriental Province.
The workers in Class D areas or the Municipalities in Siquijor Province & Municipalities in Bantayan and Camotes should be paid PHP308.00.