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DOLE to employers: Comply with minimum wage law

Cebu City, Philippines. Employers in all parts of Central Visayas, who have not yet complied with the existing Minimum Wage Order since its effectivity early last year are mandated to conform with it and pay their employees salary differential.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7) said all employers should have abided by the provisions of said Wage Order, which became fully implementable effective 05 January 2020 in all provinces of Region-7, Bohol included.

Workers in Central Visayas, whose employers did not conform to the prescribed minimum wage rates under Wage Order No. ROVII-22, are expected to get paid with their salary differential beginning 05 January 2020.

“It means to say that workers, who were not paid with the correct daily wage based on the new minimum wage rates applicable in their area starting 5 January 2020 should be able to receive the difference between their existing wage rates received and that of the new wage rates based on Wage Order No. VII-22,” explained DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, who sits as RTWPB-7 Chairperson.

To recall, a moratorium or a temporary suspension on the implementation of Wage Order No. ROVII-22 in the Province of Bohol was petitioned or filed by the Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry last year, while the rest of the provinces in Region-7 already implemented the Wage Order.

Addressing the issue, Secretary Bello, who chairs the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), underscored the fact that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards and the NWPC both don’t have the authority to defer or postpone the implementation of a Wage Order.

Under Wage Order No. VII-22, non-agricultural workers in Class A cities and municipalities or the Expanded Metro Cebu Area should be paid Php404.00 per day. Establishments in these areas employing less than ten (10) workers should be paying workers Php394.00 daily.

Those working under Class B or in the cities not falling under Class A Category should be receiving Php366.00 daily wage and establishments with less than 10 workers should be paying them Php361.00 per day.

Class C municipalities or those municipalities not under Class A Category should have workers paid Php356.00 per day and the workers rendering work in establishments with less than 10 individuals should receive Php351.00 daily.

“Establishments in all provinces of Central Visayas should be able to check whether or not they’ve abided by the provisions of the Wage Order. In the event that they failed to comply with the minimum wage rates applicable in their respective areas, then they should now start looking into the salary differential that they must be paying their workers,” added the Regional Head.

The RTWPB takes charge in wage fixing and wage rates review and minimum wage determination. According to Director Siaton, within sixty (60) prior to the anniversary of the Wage Order, the Board may start the process of minimum wage determination.

“Due to the pandemic, the Board was not able to start the process which was supposed to take place late last year. But since the anniversary of the Wage Order has already lapsed since January 5, 2021, the Board will now look into revisiting and reviewing the existing wage rates applicable in the different provinces in Central Visayas,” said Director Siaton.

Based on the NWPC Guidelines No. 03, Series of 2020 or the Omnibus Rules on Minimum Wage Determination, the Wage Board may begin determining the applicable wage rates through (a) Motu Propio by the Board or when  it initiates actions or inquiry to determine whether or not a Wage Order shall be issued and (b) By virtue of a Petition.

Before any review is done, Director Siaton said that it is important to determine whether or not establishments have abided by the rules of the existing Wage Order.

She urged employers to check their compliance with the minimum wage law and make sure to pay workers with salary differential if they have not yet complied with the Wage Order.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from RTWPB-7

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-27292 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2021-01-25
SALOME O. SIATON
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