WV workers expected to get pay hike starting August

The new minimum wage rates for private sector workers in Western Visayas are expected to take effect in August this year.

Johnson Cañete, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-6) director, announced on Monday, June 11, that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-6) approved Wage Order 24.

The approval came more than two months after the previous wage order lapsed on March 26.

Cañete, who also sits as chairman of RTWPB-6, said workers in private companies will receive an increase of P13.50 to P41.50 in their daily minimum wage.

The new wage order, however, is still subject to approval by the National Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (NTWPB).

Once approved, it will be forwarded to the office of Silvestre Bello III, DOLE secretary, for his signature.

The signed wage order will be implemented 15 days after publication in a newspaper of general circulation.

Cañete said the amounts of increase include cost-of-living allowance (COLA).

Workers employed in non-agriculture, industrial and commercial establishments with more than 10 employees will receive a minimum pay of P365 per day from P323.50.

Those working in establishments with less than 10 employees will get a minimum pay of P295 from P271.50.

Agriculture workers, both in plantation and non-plantation categories, will receive a minimum pay of P295 from P281.50.IMT