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Marathon public hearings on wage hike petitions set

 

Cebu City,Philippines.Four public hearings are set in Central Visayas after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7), an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7,) earlier received two (2) wage hike petitions. 

The first public hearing will be on 12 April 2018 in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. Another one is to take place the following day, 13 April, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. On 26 April, the Board will hold the same in Cebu City, which will be followed by the last one on 10 May in Bogo City, Northern Cebu. 

According to OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao, who sits as Chairman of the Board, the petitions for the daily minimum wage adjustment in the Region-7 as well as the positions of other sectors and groups concerned will be presented and heard during the public hearings. 

In February, the RTWPB received the PHP155.80 across-the-board daily wage adjustment petition collectively filed by the Cebu Labor Coalition, Lonbisco Employees Organizattion (LEO), METAPHIL Workers Union (MWU), NUWHRAIN-Montebello Chapter, NLM-Katipunan, and Union Bank Employees Association (UBEA). 

Also filed at the Board last Month was the PHP120.00 across-the-board daily wage hike petition by the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP). 

10 March 2018 marked the anniversary of Wage Order No. 20, which stipulates the existing minimum wage rates in Central Visayas both for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors. 

“We take into consideration the lapse of the one year prescriptive period of the current Wage Order. We agreed to consolidate the two petitions, which will be discussed in detail by all sectors concerned during the scheduled hearings,” said Director Ticao. 

Wage Order No. 20, which took effect on 10 March 2017, provides that Class A Cities and Municipalities or those belonging to the Expanded Metro Cebu Area - Cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapulapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, and San Fernando have PHP366.00 as daily minimum wage rate. 

Class B Cities and Municipalities or the Cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of Municipalities in Cebu Province except Bantayan and Camotes Islands should receive PHP333.00 per day. 

PHP323.00 should be given to the workers in Class C Cities and Municipalities covering Tagbilaran city and all municipalities in Bohol Province & Negros Oriental Province. 

The workers in Class D areas or the Municipalities in Siquijor Province & Municipalities in Bantayan and Camotes should be paid PHP308.00. 

All positions, Director Ticao said, have to be formally presented to the Wage Board during the public hearing, which is a requirement in fixing wages. 

“Wage fixing is deliberately done on a regular basis in order to ensure that the welfare of those in the vulnerable sector is protected. The task now of the members of the Board is to balance the interest of labor and management,” added the DOLE-7 Head. 

The inputs gathered, he said, will be instrumental for the Board to be able to arrive at a collective, accurate, and precise decision – something which is beneficial not only to management and labor but also to the entire Region. 

All parties who might oppose the petitions lodged at the RTWPB should be able to file their opposition on or before the schedule date of public hearing. 

“Interested parties could ask for a copy of the petitions filed and may examine the contents therein and other related pertinent records at the office of the RTWPB during the usual business hours,” encouraged Director Ticao.

 

 

 

 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com


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