Central Visayas wage hike to take effect on Jan. 5

MINIMUM wage earners in Central Visayas will only have to wait until Jan. 5, 2020 before they can start receiving their salary adjustments.

This was stated under the Wage Order ROVII-22 of the Central Visayas wage board, according to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

The minimum wage increase in the region was published in a local newspaper on Dec. 21, 2019. After 15 days of the publication, the NWPC said the wage adjustment would take effect.

Under Wage Order ROVII-22, workers in the non-agricultural sector in Class A cities and municipalities will receive a P404 daily minimum wage after getting an P18 increase.

Workers in the agriculture sector in these areas will get an increase of P26. Their minimum wage will be P394 from P368.

Those employed by establishments with less than 10 workers will also get P394 after an increase of P18.

Class A cities are Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Talisay and Naga. Class A towns are Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

In Class B cities and towns, minimum wage earners in the non-agriculture sectors and establishments with less than 10 workers will get an increase of P28 from P18. Workers in the agriculture sector will receive P33 to P48 increase.

The new minimum wage for workers in the non-agriculture sector in these areas will be P366 a day. Workers in the agriculture sector and establishments with less than 10 employees should get at least P361 a day.

Class B cities are Bais, Bayawan, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Guihulngan and Tanjay in the province of Negros Oriental as well as Bogo and Toledo in the province of Cebu and Tagbilaran in Bohol.

In Class C areas, or those not covered by Class A or B, workers in the non-agriculture sector will get an increase of P8 to P33, or P356 a day.

Agricultural workers and those working for establishments employing less than 10 employees under Class C will soon be paid P351 daily. (HDT OF SUNSTAR PHILIPPINES)