By Glen S. Ramos
CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga — The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. III (DOLE-III) confirmed on Monday, May 30, 2022, that the regional wage board approved the P40 wage increase but is still subject to review by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).
Regional Director Geraldine M. Panlilio stated that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-III) have agreed to a P40 wage increase to be given in two tranches, P30 by June 2022 and another P10 by January 2023.
In the proposed Wage Order No. RBIII-23, the new minimum wage in all provinces except Aurora will be P450 for non-agriculture establishments with 10 or more workers. It is expected for those with less than 10 workers to be P443/day. These will increase by P10 in January 2023, making the minimum pay P460 and P453, respectively.
For firms in the agriculture sector, workers who previously earned P390 (plantation) and P374 (non-plantation) will receive P420 and P404 in June which will further increase by P10 in January.
Retail and service workers currently earning P409 and P395 will get the same P30-and-P10 pay hike, making their daily wage at P439 and P425 in June and P449 and P435 in January.
Panlilio added that minimum wage earners in Aurora province should also expect a P30 increase in the first tranche and another P10 next year. Non-agricultural workers are to be paid at least P399/day starting June 1.
“Once the wage order is in effect, retail and service workers in Aurora will also receive the same increase and be paid at least P334 and P344 while those in the agriculture sector are also expected to get higher wages, P384 and P372 per day for plantation and non-plantation, respectively. These will increase by P10/day in 2023,” she said.
However, minimum wage adjustment for domestic workers is still under review by the RTWPB-III.
The effectivity of the proposed wage order is 15 days upon publication.
It can be recalled that the last wage increase RBIII-22 took effect on January 1, 2020. (ai/mtvn)