Pay hike

Metro Manila work­ers to get P21 more in salary

Sun.Star Davao - - NETWORK NEWS -

MANILA -- Min­i­mum wage earn­ers in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) are set to get a P21 in­crease in their salaries soon.

This, af­ter the Re­gional Tri­par­tite Wages and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Board (RTWPB) - NCR is­sued Wage Or­der No. NCR-21, which ups the min­i­mum wage in Metro Manila from P491 to P512.

In­cluded in the P512 min­i­mum wage for the nona­gri­cul­tural sec­tor is the P502 ba­sic wage and the P10 cost of liv­ing al­lowance (COLA).

On the other hand, those in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor shall be en­ti­tled to P475, com­posed of the P465 ba­sic wage and the P10 COLA.

"The wage rates shall ap­ply to all min­i­mum wage earn­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor in the re­gion re­gard­less of their po­si­tion, des­ig­na­tion, or status of em­ploy­ment and ir­re­spec­tive of the method of which they are paid," said the NCR wage board.

On the other hand, not cov­ered by the wage or­der are do­mes­tic work­ers, per­sons in the per­sonal ser­vice of an­other, and work­ers Barangay Mi­cro Busi­ness En­ter­prises (BMBEs).

The Wage Or­der was is­sued af­ter three wage pe­ti­tions were filed at the RTWPB-NCR.

They in­clude those of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Min­i­mum Wage Earn­ers and Ad­vo­cates (P175); the Trade Union Con­gress of the Philip­pines (P259); and the As­so­ci­ated La­bor Unions (P184).

Wage Or­der NCR-21 will take ef­fect 15 days af­ter its pub­li­ca­tion in a news­pa­per of gen­eral cir­cu­la­tion.

To re­call, the last wage or­der in the re­gion took ef­fect in June 2016, wherein the wage board ap­proved the in­te­gra­tion of the P15 COLA to the ba­sic wage and the grant­ing of the P10 COLA per day.

One of the wage pe­ti­tion­ers, ALU, im­me­di­ately ob­jected to the wage in­crease granted by the NCR wage board.

In a state­ment, ALU Spokesman Alan Tan­jusay said the P21 pay in­crease re­mains in­ad­e­quate to meet the needs of min­i­mumwaged earn­ers to es­cape poverty.

“The P21 in­crease in daily wage re­mains in­suf­fi­cient for fam­i­lies to cope with ris­ing prices of goods and in­creas­ing costs of goods. The P21 is only 4.27% of the cur­rent P491. So it ob­vi­ously did not lift work­ers out of poverty. Work­ers do not de­serve this very small amount,” Tan­jusay said.

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