TACLOBAN CITY- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded the region’s private business owners on the second tranche adjustment for their workers as approved under a wage order earlier approved effective Tuesday (Feb.18).
The P10 additional pay on the daily minimum wage for the region’s 1.8 million workers is contained under Wage Order Number 21 approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) last July 22,2019.
Under the said wage order, which took effect on August 18,2019, workers of the region are to receive an additional P20 both in the agriculture and non-agriculture sector for their daily wages.
This means, those in the agriculture sector are to receive P325 as their daily minimum wage while those in the non-agricultural sector, they are entitled to a P295 daily rate.
However, under the same wage order, the increase would be received by the workers in two tranches.
The first P10 increase took effect last August 18,2020 while the second tranche of the increase took effect on Tuesday (Feb.18).
Centi, who chairs the RTWPB-8, thus urged the employers to observe and comply the second tranche as imposed under Wage Order 21.
“We will monitor the compliance of the employers on this second tranche under (Wage Order 21) by deploying our labor inspectors,” the DOLE regional director said.
Failure of these employers in not complying the second tranche would be dealt by them accordingly. He, however, said that due process would be observed by allowing non-compliant employers to explain.
Still, Centi said that he is confident that the employers would comply the second tranche increase considering that based on their monitoring on the compliance of the employers on wages and other labor standards, they are hitting the compliance rate at 94 percent. (JOEY A. GABIETA)