DOLE: Minimum daily wage increase in Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Caraga regions approved

Published May 18, 2022, 2:33 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

Workers in three more regions will have an additional take home pay soon after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) of Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and CARAGA region approved the minimum wage increase petitions in the areas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced on Wednesday, May 18.

The decision came a few days after the RTWPB in the National Capital Region approved a P33 increase in the minimum wage of workers in Metro Manila while P55 to P110 increase for workers in Western Visayas. The minimum wage increase in Metro Manila and Western Visayas will take effect on June 3.

DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III said expressed gratitude to the wage boards of Ilocos Region, Caraga and Cagayan Valley for heeding his call to expedite the review of their current minimum wage and for taking the extra mile in resolving with dispatch the petitions for wage adjustments in their jurisdictions.

Based on the decision of the RTWPB in Ilocos Region, the wage increase ranging from P60 to P90 will be given in two to three tranches.

Once the tranches are completed, this would make the daily minimum wage rate in the region in P340 to P400 range.

The same order also granted P500 and P1,500 monthly wage increases for domestic workers in cities and first-class municipalities and for other municipalities, respectively.

This would bring the new monthly wage rate to P5,000.

In Cagayan Valley Region, the RTWPB also unanimously issued an order granting wage increases ranging from P50 to P75 in two to three tranches. After full implementation of the tranches, the minimum wage rate in the region will range from P400 to P420 from P345 to P370 in the previous Wage Order.

in CARAGA Region, the RTWPB XIII issued Wage Order No. RXIII-17 which integrated the P15 COLA to the P305 basic salary under the previous Wage Order. It also granted a P30-wage increase that would bring the new daily minimum wage rate in the region to P350.

“The new daily minimum wage rate of P350 shall take effect upon the effectivity of the Wage Order for private establishments and their workers in Butuan City and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur,” said Bello.”

“However, for private establishments and their workers in the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, the wage increase of P20 shall take effect upon the effectivity of the Wage Order and another P10 shall take effect on September 1, 2022,” he added.

Bello said the new Wage Orders will take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper of regional circulation.