Cebu City, Philippines. Seven (7) days from today, the new daily minimum wage rates of all private sector workers and employees will be observed in Central Visayas.
Wage Order No. ROVII-20 shall take effect on 10 March 2017, which is the 15th day after the Order was published on 23 February in a newspaper in general circulation in the region.
Under the non-agricultural sector, the new daily minimum wage rates will be:
P366.00 for Class A cities and municipalities or the Expanded Metro Cebu; P333.00 for Class B cities and municipalities; P323.00 for Class C cities and municipalities in Bohol and Negros Oriental Provinces; and P308.00 for Class D municipalities of Siquijor province and municipalities of Bantayan and Camotes Islands.
Class A cities and municipalities cover the cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and the municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Lilo-an, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.
Class B includes the cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of the municipalities in Cebu Province except the islands of Bantayan and Camotes.
Class C refers to all cities and municipalities in Bohol and Negros Oriental, while Class D means the municipalities in Siquijor Province and the municipalities in the islands of Bantayan and Camotes.
According to Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga, who, at the same time sits as Chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7), not covered by the provisions of the Order are household helpers or kasambahay; persons in the personal service of another including family drivers; and workers of registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with valid certificates of authority.
For the agricultural sector,
P348.00 (non-sugar) and P316.00 (sugar) will be afforded to workers in Class A cities and municipalities; P318.00 (non-sugar) and P303.00 (sugar) for the workers in Class B cities and municipalities; P303.00 (non-sugar and sugar) for those in Class C cities and municipalities; and P288.00 (non-sugar) and P303 (sugar) for workers in Class D municipalities.
“We want to inform everyone that workers paid by results are also covered by the newly approved wage adjustment. All workers paid by results, including those who are paid on piece work, “takay” or task basis, shall be entitled to receive not less than the prescribed minimum wage increase per 8 hours of work a day, or a proportion thereof for working less than 8 hours,” said Director Sarcauga.
In the case of apprentices and learners, he added, they should receive not less than 75% of the prescribed minimum wage rates. Qualified handicapped workers, on the other hand, should be able to receive the full amount of increase as specified in the Order.
“Complaints arising from non-compliance of the new prescribed daily minimum wage rates in Central Visayas should be filed at our Office. And we will make sure that said complaints will be the subject of our enforcement proceedings under the DOLE’s visitorial and enforcement power as stipulated in Article 128 of the Labor Code,” he finally quipped.
It can be recalled that the Board received three (3) wage hike petitions, which became the subjects of the series of wage public consultations and region-wide public hearings conducted.
The RTWPB-7 is composed of the following, namely: Director Sarcauga of DOLE-7 as Chairman of the Board; Director Efren B. Carreon of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA-7) and Director Asteria C. Caberte of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI-7) as Vice-Chairmen; Atty. Hidelito S. Pascual and Mr. Philip N. Tan as employers’ representatives; and Atty. Ernesto F. Carreon and Mr. Jose P. Tomongha as workers’ representatives.
For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel S. Taniza- Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org