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Wage Board, DOLE to conduct orientation on productivity and minimum wage compliance

 

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, March 10— The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region III, in cooperation with DOLE Region III, is set to conduct orientation on productivity and minimum wage compliance in all provinces in Central Luzon following the approval of the rules and regulations on the new daily wage rates for minimum wage earners.

DOLE Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Campita, chairperson of the RTWPB Central Luzon, said that the Wage Board in December last year issued Wage Order No. 22 providing for 20-peso increase in the daily minimum wage of workers in agriculture, non-agriculture and retail and service industries.

“The wage order issued by the Wage Board took effect on January 1, 2020 and Secretary Bello already approved its implementing rules and regulations on March 5,” Campita said.  The Wage Board is composed of DOLE Regional Director as chairperson, NEDA and DTI Regional Directors as vice-chairpersons, and two (2) representatives each from the labor and employer sectors. 

The Wage Board chairperson clarified that service establishments, as defined in the rules, refer to entities principally engaged in the sale of services to individuals for their own or household use, while retail establishments refer to entities principally engaged in the sale of goods to end users for personal or household use.

The implementing rules provide that the new daily minimum wage rates shall not apply to Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificate of Authority issued by the Department of Trade and Industry. Distressed establishments and establishments adversely affected by natural calamities are also exempted from the application of the Wage Order.

Campita urged employers not only to pay the minimum wage but also to implement productivity-based incentives schemes in their establishments to translate productivity into wage gains for workers. “The Wage Board secretariat will assist private establishments in formulating and implementing productivity improvement programs and performance-based incentive schemes,” she said.

This February, the Wage Board secretariat set in motion its wage and productivity caravan dubbed as ‘Usapang Pasahod at Productivity 2020’. In the caravan, topics discussed were the new wage order, productivity tools, and labor standards update. The caravan is still ongoing as of this date.

Business owners, human resource managers/officers and interested parties may coordinate with the Wage Board secretariat or with the DOLE field offices for schedule of activities.   

               

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