By Leslie Ann Aquino
Two Metropolitan Catholic prelates believe workers in Metro Manila deserve more than a P25 wage increase.
Bishops Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao and Broderick Pabillo of Manila said the amount is measly amid the rise in the prices of goods and commodities.
“I believe our ordinary workers deserve to receive more,” said Ongtioco in an interview.
“P25 is really a measly amount. It cannot cover the cost of the rise of prices,” Pabillo said.
Ongtioco expressed hope that the government will reconsider the amount since, under the law, wage orders may be appealed by the petitioner within 10 days after the publication of the decision.
“I hope and pray that our government agencies and officials will reconsider the possibility of a bigger increase,” he said.
On Monday, the Department of Labor and Employment announced a P25 pay increase for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) approved the P25 wage increase and the integration of the existing P10 COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) on October 30.
This means that the minimum wage rate in the NCR would already be P537 from the present P512.
The new wage order is expected to take effect 15 days after the publication of the decision.
The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) executive director Criselda Sy said the wage board considered the points raised by both employers and employees.
Labor groups such as the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) slammed the meager wage increase saying it will have no impact to lift workers and families out of poverty.
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