Eastern Visayas workers to get wage hike

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Tacloban City (CNN Philippines, June 10) – Workers in the Eastern Visayas region are set to get higher wages after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board approved new salary rates depending on the type of employment.

The regional board issued a wage order on Friday, implementing a ₱50 increase in the daily minimum wage of workers in the region.

Those working in non-agriculture companies and retail or service industry with 11 and above employees will see their daily minimum wage increase from ₱325 to ₱375.

Workers in the retail or service industry with 10 and less employees, cottage and handicraft industry, and agriculture sector will also have a wage hike from ₱295 to ₱345.

The salary increase in those industries will be implemented in two tranches, with the first tranche set to take place 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation and the second tranche on Jan. 2, 2023.

Domestic workers in Eastern Visayas will also receive higher pay after the regional board approved ₱500 wage increase.

Domestic workers in chartered and first class municipalities in the region earning ₱4,500 are set to receive ₱5,000, while those in other municipalities will now receive ₱4,500 from their current wage of ₱4,000.

Those who have live-in and live-out arrangement such as general househelp, baby sitter, cook, gardener, laundry person, and any person performing domestic work on an occupational basis are covered by the wage increase on domestic workers.

Service providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangement, and persons who perform work occasionally and not on an occupational basis are not included in the adjusted higher pay rates.

The salary increase for domestic workers in Eastern Visayas will be effective 15 days after publication of order in a newspaper of general circulation.

Workers in Metro Manila, Western Visayas, Bicol, Calabarzon, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Davao regions are also set to receive higher daily minimum wages.

Tacloban-based correspondent Wil Mark Amazona contributed to this report.