The increase was a result of series of public consultation and hearings conducted by the board on the petition filed by the Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union (PACIWU) -TUCP in DOLE Region VI in August last year.
The increase was affirmed by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) on February 17 and will take effect 15 days after its publication in the local newspaper of regional circulation.
According to DOLE VI OIC-Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, the new Wage Order No. 23 covers minimum wage earners in the private sector in the six provinces of the region comprising Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.
In the commercial and industrial sectors, workers engaged by establishments employing more than 10 employees will receive an increase of P25 while those engaged by companies employing 10 workers and below will get P15 increase.
For agriculture, both plantation and non-plantation workers will get an increase of P15.
Also, the new wage order does not cover household or domestic workers, persons in the personal service of another, as they are covered by Wage Order No. RBVI-D.W. 1 which was issued by the board in December 2015. The new wage order is also not applicable to workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs).
New and distressed establishments as well as those affected by calamities such as natural or human induced disasters are also exempted from implementing the new Wage Order as board’s consideration on their proven financial difficulties.
END/Abegail De Vega with reports from Amalia Judicpa