Wage board OKs ₱33 minimum wage hike in Central Visayas

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — The Central Visayas Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved a minimum wage hike of ₱33 for private establishment workers, the Department of Labor and Employment announced Wednesday.

"It provides an increase of ₱33.00, bringing the daily minimum wages in Class A to C areas to a range of ₱420.00 to ₱468.00 for non-agriculture establishments and ₱415.00 to ₱458.00 for agriculture and non-agriculture establishments with less than 10 workers," it said.

Class A area wages went from ₱435 to ₱468 for non-agriculture establishments, and from ₱425 to ₱458 for agriculture and non-agriculture establishments with less than 10 workers. It covers the cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga; and the municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Lilo-an, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.

Class B area wages went from ₱397 to ₱430 and from ₱392 to 425, for the respective establishments. It includes the cities of Bais, Bayawan, Bogo, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Guihulngan, Tagbilaran, Talisay, Tanjay, and Toledo.

Class C area wages went from ₱387 to ₱420 and ₱382 to ₱415, for the respective establishments. This cluster covers all of the remaining municipalities in Central Visayas not listed as Class A or B.

The RTWPB said this reflected a 7.6% to 8.6% increase and is expected to benefit 346,946 minimum wage workers in the region, and a 23% increase in wage-related benefits such as "13th-month pay, service incentive leave, and social security benefits such as SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG."

It is also seen to indirectly benefit 399,572 full-time wage and salary workers due to "upward adjustments at the enterprise level arising from the correction of wage distortion," the board explained.

The latest wage order was affirmed on Sept. 12. It will be published on Sept. 15 and will take effect on Oct. 1.

Before this, the last daily pay hike in the region took effect on June 14, 2022. It mandated an increase of ₱31 across the board.

Last week, the Calabarzon RTWPB likewise approved a minimum wage hike of ₱35 to ₱50, depending on the sector of the covered establishments.

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