Additional wage hike to be given in 2 tranches
TACLOBAN CITY- Workers, both in the agriculture and non-agriculture sectors, in the region are to receive P50 as an addition to their current daily minimum wage.
This after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved Wage Oder Number 22 on Friday (June 11) after conducting a series of public hearings in major parts of the region.
Based on the new wage order, the P50 wage increase will be given in two tranches to the more than 1.74 million workers in the region.
The first tranche or P25 will be given upon the effectivity of Wage Order Number 22 or 15 days following its publication in a regional newspaper.
The second tranche will take effect on Jan.2, 2023, the order said approved by its current six members chaired by Henry John Jalbuena, the regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment.
Based on Wage Order Number 22, non-agriculture workers are now to receive P375 for their daily wage. The same daily wage is to be received by workers in establishments employing 11 workers and above.
Establishments with 10 workers and below and those in the cottage and handicraft sectors are to receive P345.
The same amount will also be received by those in the agriculture sector.
The new wage increase will apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in Eastern Visayas, regardless of their position, status, designation, and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid, the order said.
The last time the regional wage board of Eastern Visayas issued a wage order was last August 18, 2019 setting the daily wage to P325 for non-agriculture workers and P295 for agriculture workers.