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Employment News

Workers in Mindanao to Get Wage Increase

Date Posted: Aug 4, 2010

The long wait is over for some workers in Mindanao as Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced that they have approved their long demand for wage increase.


Labor secretary Rosalinda baldoz said that wage boards in four regions in Mindanao such as Northern Mindanao, CARAGA and Davao regions, and Autonomous region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) had already signed a P12 to P21 salary increase for their workers.


Secretary Baldoz added that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Northern Mindanao granted a P13 increase in the daily minimum wage and integrated the P12 cost of living allowance (COLA) into the basic pay.


Workers in the Davao region will get an additional P22 increase on their minimum salary while Caraga workers will get a P10 increase adjustment in their daily basic pay apart from the integration of their P10 COLA into the daily wage.


In the ARMM, the wage board approved a P12 wage hike for all sectors, bringing the minimum wage from P210 to P222.


Baldoz said the new minimum wage rates apply to all workers in the private sector in the four southern regions, regardless of their position, designation or status and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid.


Baldoz said the new minimum wage rates will take effect 15 days from the publication of the new wage orders.


She said four other regional wage boards are also expected to announce their respective salary adjustments.


While the pay increase are only for minimum wage earners, Baldoz said those receiving above the minimum wage may also be given adjustments as a result of wage distortion or through negotiations with their employers.


Metro Manila and Western Visayas (Region VI) workers were the firsts to get a minimum wage hike this year. However, workers from other regions are still appealing to DOLE and wage board directors to also hear their plea.

The remaining ones consist of one petition each in the regions of Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon or Region IV-A), Occidental and Oriental Mindoro-Marinduque-Romblon-Palawan (Mimaropa or Region IV-B) and Zamboanga (Region IX), as well as two petitions in Central Visayas (Region VII).


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