Workers in Northern Mindanao get wage hike

Date Posted: July 26th, 2017 03:35 PM

The labor department yesterday said private sector workers in Northern Mindanao can now enjoy increased wages after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Region 10 issued Wage Order No. 19.

 

Starting July 16, 2017, the new wage order prescribes the following wage increase in the region: P15.00 for Wage Category I; P13.00 for Wage Category II; P10.00 for Wage Category III; and P8.00 for Wage Category IV.

 

Covered by the Wage Category I are the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva, and Jasaan. Its new minimum wage is P333.00 for non-agriculture workers and P321.00 for agriculture workers.

 

Under Wage Category II, which includes the cities of Malaybalay, Valencia, Gingoog, El Salvador and Ozamiz, and the municipalities of Opol, Maramag, Quezon, and Manolo Fortich, the minimum wage is P326.00 for non-agriculture workers and P314.00 for agriculture workers.

 

Wage Category III covers the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub and the municipalities of Lugait, Laguindingan and Mambajao. The minimum wage in their localities is P318.00 in the non-agriculture sector and P306.00 in the agriculture sector.

 

Under Wage Category IV, which includes all other areas not covered under the above categories and all retail and service establishments employing not more than 10 workers, the new minimum wage is at P311.00 in the non-agriculture sector and P299.00 in the agriculture sector.

 

In all wage categories, a P5.00 Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) will be integrated in the basic wage effective December 1, 2017.

 

In this new wage order, the municipality of Opol was re-classified from Wage Category III to II, while the municipality of Laguindingan was re-classified from Wage Category IV to III, due to their greater economic vibrancy and dynamism.

 

The wage order does not cover persons in personal service of another, domestic workers or kasambahays under Republic Act No. 10361, and workers of Barangay Micro Business Enterprise registered under the Go Negosyo Act (RA 10644).

 

END/aldm/with reports from DOLE RO 10 and RTWPB 10

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