NWPC gives green light for daily minimum wage hikes in NCR, 5 other regions

Published May 23, 2022, 6:52 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

There are no more hindrances to the implementation of wage increase in six regions in the country after the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) approved all the wage orders that were submitted in the past days.

This means that only the completion of the publication requirement is needed before the daily minimum wage increase is implemented, as the rule states that any wage hike shall be implemented after the approval of the NWPC and 15 days after the publication of the order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs).

The NWPC has also recently affirmed the wage orders in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Visayas. The P33 daily minimum wage increase in NCR will take effect on June 4, while that in Western Visayas, between P55 to P110, will take effect on June 5

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Sec. Silvestre Bello III said the wage orders in Cagayan Valley Region, Mimaropa (Occidental and Oriental MIndoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), and the Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) were the recent to be approved by the NWPC.

The RTWB in Cagayan Valley granted on May 18 a P1,000-monthly wage increase for domestic workers in the Cagayan Valley region.

This brings the monthly minimum wage rate to P5,000 from P4,000 under the previous Wage Order.

The RTWB of Mimaropa, on the other hand, approved on the same date an increase of P35 to the daily minimum wage in the region. This brings to P329 the new minimum wage for establishments with less than 10 workers and P355 for establishments employing 10 or more workers.

The same wage order in Mimaropa granted an increase of P1,000 to the monthly wage rate of domestic workers, bringing the new minimum wage in the region to P4,500.

In Soccsksargen, the regional board gave a go signal for a P32-wage increase to be given in tranches–P16 upon the effectivity of the Wage Order and another P16 on September 1, 2022.

This brings the new minimum wage rate in the region to P368 for the non-agriculture sector and P347 for agriculture/service/retail establishments.