Workers in the private sector in nine regions in the country will soon enjoy an increase in their daily minimum wages.

This after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III announced the wage orders issued by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) from nine regions, whose orders have passed their anniversary dates as of July 2018.

“Daily minimum wage adjustments vary across regions as per recommendations of its respective RTWPB after different stages of consultations with labor and management representatives from various industries,” Bello said.

Among the regions to implement new wage orders include Region III with P20 daily increase, effective on August 1; Region IVA with P9.45 daily increase, effective on April 28; and Region VI with P8.50-P26.50 daily increase with P5-P15 COLA, effective on July 12.

Other regions with new wage orders include Region VIII with P20-P30 daily increase, effective on June 25; Region XII with P16-P18 daily increase, effective on May 11; and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) with P15 daily increase in the basic pay of workers.

Also, regions with new wage orders, which are set for publication and will take effect on July and August include Region VII with P10-P52 daily increase; Region IX with P20 daily increase; and Region XI with P56.43 increase in the workers’ daily pay.

Meanwhile, RTWPBs in Cordillera Administrative Region and Region V, whose wage orders have also reached their anniversary dates, are expected to issue wage orders within the month of July.

RTWPBs in remaining regions including the National Capital Region, Regions I, II, IVB, and CARAGA, whose wage orders have yet to reach their anniversary dates, are assessing the socio-economic conditions in their respective regions through consultations with concerned government agencies and stakeholders in the private sector.

Based on Republic Act No. 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act, each region in the Philippines has a unique minimum wage set by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) based on the poverty threshold, employment rate, and cost of living specific to the region.

END/ Abegail De Vega

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