The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board had issued Wage Order No. ROVII-20 mandating increases in the daily minimum wage of workers in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol and Siquijor.
The wage adjustment takes effect on March 10, the 15th day after the publication of the wage order in the local newspaper of regional circulation.
In the commercial and industrial sectors, workers in Class A cities and municipalities or the expanded Metro Cebu will receive a new daily minimum wage of P366 while workers in Class B, including the cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest municipalities in Cebu, except the islands of Bantayan and Camotes, will receive a daily rate pay of P333.
The daily minimum wage of workers in Class C including Bohol and Negros Oriental will be pegged at P323. Class D comprising the municipalities of Siquijor and the islands of Bantayan and Camotes will now be at P308.
In the agricultural sector, workers in Class A cities and municipalities will receive daily rate of P348 (non-sugar) and P316 (sugar); and P318 (non-sugar) and P303 (sugar) for the workers in Class B.
Workers in Class C cities and municipalities will receive P303 (non-sugar and sugar) daily pay while workers in Class D municipalities will be afforded with P288 (non-sugar) and P303 (sugar) daily wage.
According to DOLE RO7 Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, 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).
He also added that apprentices and learners should receive not less than 75 percent of the prescribed minimum wage rates.
Qualified handicapped workers, on the other hand, should be able to receive the full amount of increase as specified in the new wage order.
End/Abegail De Vega with reports from LSTaniza