July 17, 2018
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, July 17 (PIA) — Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 3 (RTWPB-3) has approved the additional Php20 minimum wage in Central Luzon.
Wage Order No. RBIII-21 takes effect on August 1 or 15 days after it was published in a local leading newspaper.
RTWPB-3 Chair and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita said the minimum wage beginning next month in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales will increase from Php380 to P400/day.
“Aurora’s daily minimum wage, on the other hand, will be implemented in two tranches. From P329 to P339 by August 1 and from P339 to P349 six months later,” Angara-Campita added.
These adjustments only pertain to non-agricultural establishments with an employment size of 10 or more workers.
“The new regional minimum wage will vary across industries as indicated on the matrix specified in the order and its implementing rules,” Angara-Campita explained.
Non-agricultural firms’ rate will vary based on those employing 10 or more workers and those with less than 10 workers.
Meanwhile, minimum wages will also vary for plantation and non-plantation agri-based firms, likewise with retail or service firms with 16 or more workers and those with less than 16 workers.
The new wage order is a result of the RTWPB-3’s consultations with labor and management representatives from different industries in most parts of the region.
“After our careful review of the prevailing socio-economic conditions of the entire region, together with the results of our public consultations across sectors, we acknowledged the need to help workers cope up with the rising cost of living brought by the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion Law implementation and fuel hikes by providing them with relief without impairing the viability of businesses and industries, taking into account the need for investment, competitiveness of the region, and job creation and preservation,” Angara-Campita said.
“RTWPB-3 deemed it best to increase the minimum wage at reasonable and equitable levels in light of the regional poverty threshold level vis-à-vis, average wage, along with the need to promote performance-based incentive schemes under the Two-Tier Wage System,” she said.
Aside from DOLE, other members of the RTWPB-3 include National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Trade and Industry and representatives from the labor and management sector.
The new minimum wage shall apply to workers receiving the minimum wage in the region regardless of their position, employment status, and how their wages are paid. (CLJD-PIA 3)
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