Regional board approves P20 wage increase in Central Visayas

The regional wage board in Central Visayas (Region 7) has approved a P20 minimum wage hike on the back of rising oil prices.

In an announcement by executive director Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board of the Labor Department in Central Visayas ruled that the P20 wage hike will help workers cope with increasing prices "but without impairing the viability of business in the region."

“The new wage hike will take effect upon the confirmation by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) of the new wage order and 15 days after its publication in a newspaper of general circulation," Lagunzad said.

This means minimum wage earners in the non-agriculture sector in Class A cities and municipalities will get P305 a day, while those in agriculture shall receive P287 per day.

Meanwhile, non-agriculture workers in Classes B, C and D cities and municipalities will receive P285, P275 and P260 daily wage, respectively.

Workers in non-sugar farms in these cities will get P270, P255 and P240, respectively, while sugar plantation workers and mill workers regardless of area of work will get P255 and P275, respectively.

This development reflects the seventh wage increase ordered this year, following the National Capital Region, Regions III, VI, VIII, X and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The Labor Department has yet to receive the decision of regional wage boards in Regions 9, 11 and Caraga.

The wage increase is based on petitions by two labor groups in the Visayas, namely the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), which asked for a P100 across-the-board increase; and the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), Grand Majestic Convention Center Employees Union (GMC-EU) and Public Interest Advocacy and Litigation Office, which sought a P128.40 increase. —JMT, GMA News

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