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Wage Board concludes wage consultations in Central Luzon

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board 3 (RTWPB-3) yesterday concluded its region-wide Consultation on Wage Adjustment with various industries operating within Central Luzon.
 
The event, held at Ephatha Center of the Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP), culminated the RTWPB-3’s series of provincial wage consultations held earlier this year.
 
The RTWPB-3 or Regional Wage Board partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLEs) seven field offices in facilitating the said consultations.
 
DOLE Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Campita reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that around 178 labor and management representatives from 130 firms all over the region attended the event.
 
“We are thankful for the big turnout of attendees in today’s culminating activity on wage adjustment after wrapping up our wage consultations in all seven provinces. Today, our member-agencies will be presenting the region’s economic situationer to give us glance and guidance on how to craft a new set of wages across industries, particularly in Central Luzon,” RD Campita explained.
 
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) kicked-off the event by presenting the region’s Socio Economic Performance highlighting Macroeconomy, Sectoral Performance, Poverty Incidence, and Prevailing Wages Rates.
 
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for its part, presented the TRAIN Law and its impact on the Prices of Basic Necessities and Commodities.
 
The Department of Agriculture (DA) meanwhile reported prevailing prices of monitored agricultural products such as commercial rice, fishery, meat, whole chicken, and vegetable produce.  
 
Lastly, RTPWB-3 Officer-in-Charge Kenneth Liza provided the Summary Results of the recently concluded Provincial Wage Consultations highlighting the sectoral positions of labor and management.
 
Labor and management representatives were later grouped by their respective sectors to tackle various issues and gave their recommendations in the setting of new daily wages.
 
Like previous consultations, both groups were asked if there is a need to adjust the current minimum wage, how much, and when should it be implemented.
 
As far as having a minimum wage increase is concerned, both sectors agreed that it is timely due to increases on basic commodities brought by the TRAIN Law implementation.
 
Aside from this, the increase in fuel prices as well as rice shortages have also contributed to the clamor for increasing the prevailing daily wage.
 
On the proposed daily wage increase, the labor sector lobbied a P30.00 increase on worker’s basic pay while management was amenable for P15.00 - P20.00.
 
In terms of the proposed minimum wage order’s effectivity date, both sectors agreed that the order should take its effectivity within the 3rd quarter of the year.
 
Presently, the region’s daily minimum wage is P380.00 for non-agri firms with P30-million or more assets and P373.00 for less than P30-million assets.
 
The coverage of the prevailing daily minimum wage of these non-agri firms covers all provinces except Aurora which is pegged at P329.00.
 
For agri-based firms, the prevailing minimum wage is pegged at P350.00 and P334.00 for plantation and non-plantation, respectively.
 
These agri-rates cover all provinces except Aurora which has its rates pegged at P314.00 and P302.00 for plantation and non-plantation respectively.
 
Lastly, wage rates of retail and services industries are P369.00 and P355.00 for 16 or more workers and less than 16 workers respectively.
 
These retail and services rates cover all provinces except for Aurora which only has a rate for firms with less than 16 workers computed at P264.00.
 
RD Campita, in her closing message, thanked all attendees and assured that the Regional Wage Board will immediately deliberate on the proposed new minimum wage.
 
“We thank you for your proactive participation and support in this regional wage consultation. Tomorrow, we will already deliberate the things we have discussed today in hopes to come up with a new minimum wage order agreed by all sectors,” RD Campita said, adding:
 
“We should take care of the welfare of our workers and the viability of the businesses of our employers, this is the balancing act of the labor department in setting a wage order.”  
 
With the series of wage consultations in the region already in the books, a new minimum wage order will be implemented within the a few weeks.
 
END/Jerry Borja/RTWPB-3
 
 
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MA. ZENAIDA ANGARA-CAMPITA
Regional Director
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