Calabarzon wage board approves minimum wage hike

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Minimum wage workers in private establishments in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Calabarzon) will soon receive higher pay in line with the decision of the regional wage board.

"The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region IV-A (Calabarzon) issued Wage Order No. IVA-20 on 01 September 2023." an advisory from the Department of Labor and Employment said on Thursday.

"It provides an increase ranging from ₱35 to ₱50, bringing the daily minimum wages in the region from ₱385 to ₱520. for the non-agricultural sector; from ₱385 to ₱479 for the agricultural sector; and ₱385 for retail and service establishments employing not more than 10 workers."

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The statement said agriculture workers in Calaca in Batangas and Carmona in Cavite will receive a higher ₱89 increase with the towns' reclassification from first class municipalities to component cities.

The wage order will be published on Sept. 8 and will take effect after 15 days or on Sept. 24.

The Labor Department said the order will directly benefit 719,704 workers.

"About 1.6 million full-time wage and salary workers earning above the minimum wage may also indirectly benefit as a result of upward adjustments at the enterprise level arising from the correction of wage distortion," the advisory added.

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