DOLE chief says micro businesses may apply for pay hike order exemption

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 16) — Small enterprises with few employees may apply to be exempted from recently approved minimum wage hike order, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Monday amid appeals for exemption.

“Mayroong nagrereklamo na meron daw negosyo na kakaunti ang employees nila [Small business owners who complain], I would like them to know na ‘yung mga [that] business establishments with employees ten or below, they can apply for exemption,” Bello said in an interview with CNN Philippines’ Tristan Nodalo.

“Kahit na malaking businesses/enterprises, kung naging biktima ng mga calamities they can also apply for exemption,” Bello added.

[Big businesses/enterprises hit by calamities can also apply for exemption (on minimum wage hike order).]

On Saturday, the Department of Labor and Employment has announced the approval of minimum wage increases for employees in various sectors in Metro Manila and Western Visayas.

READ: Wage hike approved in Metro Manila, Western Visayas — DOLE

Bello also confirmed that more regions are expected to announce their recommended wage increases anytime soon.

“Natapos na rin ang public hearings dun sa siyam na regions [Public hearings on minimum wage petitions in nine regions are done]. So anytime now, they will also come up with their wage adjustment recommendation,” he said.