P5 Cola for sugar work­ers in WV ef­fec­tive Jan­uary 17

Sun Star Bacolod - - Business - BY ER­WIN P. NICAVERA

THE P5 cost of liv­ing al­lowance (Cola) for work­ers of sugar in­dus­try en­ter­prises un­der the agri­cul­tural, in­dus­trial, and com­mer­cial sec­tors in Western Visayas, in­clud­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, will take ef­fect on Jan­uary 17.

Wen­nie San­cho, la­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the

Re­gional Tri­par­tite Wages and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Board (RTWPB) in Re­gion 6, said the ef­fec­tiv­ity of the Cola was dis­cussed dur­ing their meet­ing in Iloilo City on Thurs­day.

San­cho re­called that un­der Wage Or­der No. 24, the grant of Cola among work­ers of sugar in­dus­try en­ter­prises shall only take ef­fect six months after its is­suance in June 2018.

“Such ef­fec­tiv­ity of Cola par­tic­u­larly for work­ers of sugar in­dus­try en­ter­prises agri­cul­tural, in­dus­trial, and com­mer­cial sec­tors is one of the new pro­vi­sions of the Wage Or­der,” he added.

Other pro­vi­sions INMALACAÑANG cluded the ef­fec­tiv­ity of the Wage Or­der at Bo­ra­cay Is­land in Ak­lan on Jan­uary 27 this year.

This is tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the is­land des­ti­na­tion un­til last Oc­to­ber, which re­sulted in the non-op­er­a­tion of es­tab­lish­ments there for six months.

Thus, there was no wage in­crease and pro­vi­sion of Cola in all three barangays of Malay town for three months.

As part of the mora­to­rium, the new Wage Or­der will just take ef­fect three months after the open­ing of the is­land.

Also, con­sid­er­ing that busi­ness op­er­a­tions in the en­tire Ak­lan were also af­fected by the Bo­ra­cay woes, the wage in­crease took ef­fect among other ar­eas in the prov­ince just in Novem­ber 2018.

It can be re­called that min­i­mum wage earn­ers in Western Visayas are al­ready re­ceiv­ing an ad­di­tional pay of P13.50 to P41.50 per day since last July 12.

The Wage Or­der set the new min­i­mum wage rates in­clud­ing the Cola at P295 and P365 per day.

Un­like Wage Or­der No. 23, the ex­ist­ing one pro­vided only two wage rates depend­ing on var­i­ous clas­si­fi­ca­tions or cat­e­gories.

Un­der which, work­ers in the non-agri­cul­ture, in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments em­ploy­ing more than 10 em­ploy­ees re­ceived a min­i­mum wage of P365 per day.

From the pre­vi­ous P323.50, the Rtw­pb­west­ern Visayas came up with an in­crease of P26.50 on ba­sic wage plus a Cola of P15.

All in all, the in­crease in this clas­si­fi­ca­tion was P41.50.

Those em­ploy­ing 10 work­ers and be­low, the ex­ist­ing wage rate is P295 from only P271.50. It was de­rived from an in­crease of P18.50 plus a Cola of P5, or a to­tal of P23.50.

For the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, plan­ta­tion work­ers re­ceived P8.50 in­crease and Cola of P5, thus, the new wage rate was P295. This is P13.50 higher than the pre­vi­ous rate of P281.50.

Those in non-plan­ta­tions, the cur­rent wage rate is also P295 from the pre­vi­ous P271.50 due to a ba­sic wage in­crease of P18.50 and P5 worth of Cola, or a to­tal of P23.50.

Though RTWPB 6 has yet to is­sue an ad­vi­sory on the ef­fec­tiv­ity of P5 Cola among sugar work­ers and wage hike in Bo­ra­cay, San­cho said these pro­vi­sions are al­ready “ap­proved” as it is al­ready pro­vided by Wage Or­der No. 24.

San­cho, also the sec­re­tary-gen­eral of Gen­eral Al­liance of Work­ers Asso­ciations (Gawa), said such de­vel­op­ments will re­sult in ad­di­tional re­lief for the work­ers, es­pe­cially dur­ing these dif­fi­cult and try­ing times.

They have waited for this, he said, adding that “there is a need to brace for the pos­si­ble dou­ble whammy ef­fect to be brought by the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ad­di­tional ex­cise tax on fuel this month plus the move­ment in the world mar­ket.”*


WORK­ERS of sugar in­dus­try en­ter­prises un­der the agri­cul­tural, in­dus­trial, and com­mer­cial sec­tors in Western Visayas, in­clud­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal, will start re­ceiv­ing the P5 cost of liv­ing al­lowance on Jan­uary 17.

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