Central Luzon Wage Board Grants P 14.00 Wage Hike

November 11, 2010 press release by the Department of Labor and Employment
An early Christmas gift for Central Luzon workers.
Minimum wage earners in the private sector in Central Luzon will enjoy a P14.00 increase in the form of a cost of living allowance (COLA) in their daily pay after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Region III issued Wage Order  NO. RB III-15 which will take effect on November 22, 2010, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the Central Luzon wage order was issued in time with the advent of the holiday season, adding it will brighten up the holiday season of private sector workers in the said region.
The P10.00 COLA under the previous wage order will also be integrated in the workers’ basic pay under the new minimum wage order.   The new wage order will bring the daily minimum wage levels in the region from P173.00.00 – P302.00 to P187.00 – P316.00.

Baldoz said that under the Wage Order No. RBIII-15, non-agricultural workers in establishments located in Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Bataan , Zambales and Nueva Ecija, with total assets of P30 million or more will be paid a basic daily wage of P316.00.   Non-agricultural workers in Aurora Province will be receiving a daily minimum wage of P265.00
“The issuance of the new wage order   was based on efforts to balance the need of the workforce for an increase in their purchasing power with  employers’ capability to pay their  workers and also preserve jobs, in line with the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III that underscores the promotion of industrial peace based on social justice,” the labor chief said.
DOLE-RO3 Regional Director Ernesto C.  Bihis said that the regional wage board in Central Luzon conducted a series of regional consultative meetings and public hearings involving labor and management representatives and all concerned stakeholders to come up with a new set of minimum wage rates for all industries within the region.
He said the issuance of the new minimum wage was in response to a petition filed by the Mitsumi Philippines Workers’ Union-ALU-TUCP for a P75.00/day across-the-board wage increase in Region III.
The Wage Order No. RBIII-15 was published on November 7, 2010 in a local newspaper in Central Luzon .
Any feedback? Call the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) at telephone no. 5278011 to 17.