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‘Team Uswag’ is Ilonggos’ victory – Treñas

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ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas vowed to continue championin­g his “WHEELS” program f or i ncl u s i ve developmen­t and good governance backed by his “Team Uswag” or slate of winning councilors, Cong. Julienne Baronda and Vice Mayor Jeffrey Ganzon.

“WHEELS” i s t he Treñas admisitrat­ion’s roadmap for city developmen­t and refers to Welfare, Health and sanitation, Education, Environmen­tal management, Livelihood, and Sustainabi­lity.

“I am so grateful of the support of the Ilonggos to Team Uswag. I am so happy with the election results,” said Treñas.

Productivi­ty Board ( RTWPB) which were the following:

* P450 daily minimum for non-agricultur­al, industrial and commercial workers (for those employing over 10 workers) – or P55 hike from the current P395

* P420 daily minimum for non-agricultur­al, industrial and commercial workers (for those with 10 employees or less) – or P110 hike from the current P310

According to Carbon, MBCCI opposes the approved rates, pointing out that an individual who claimed to be a representa­tive of the business sector and participat­ed in the RTWPB deliberati­ons was not even a member of their chamber.

MBCCI wi l l be asking the RTWPB to recall the wage order, which has already been submitted to the National Wages and Productivi­ty Commission for review.

Carbon said his group would also be pressing for more deliberati­ons at the RTWPB and even seek a Temporary Restrainin­g Order from the court against the wage hike order.

Carbon clarified that MBCCI is concerned with the plight of employees. However, he said, RTWPB should also consider the financial capacity of employers in this time of coronaviru­s pandemic.

Meanwhile, for the agricultur­al sector is Western Visayas, the RTWPB ordered a P410 minimum wage per day from the current P315 minimum (or an increase of P95).

At first glance, according Department of Labor and Employment ( DOLE) regional director Atty. Sixto Rodriguez Jr., the increase seemed high. But he stressed that the RTWPB had not issued a wage order for the past two to three years.

The last wage order was issued last November 2019 yet (Wage Order No. 25).

According to Rodriguez, RTWPB planned to issue a wage order in 2021 but the pandemic struck.

The new wage i ncrease covers the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental, including their component cities and the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.

However, Rodriguez said, DOLE Region 6 will accept petitions for exemption from the wage hike such as from distressed establishm­ents, new business enterprise­s and those affected by calamities natural and/or human induced./

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