DOLE explains new wage order in Abra

BANGUED, Abra, July 7(PIA) - -   A well-paid workforce makes a peaceful and happy workplace. Hence, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) determine and fix wage rates applicable to their regional jurisdiction to promote industrial peace.


Republic Act 6727, otherwise known as the Wage Rationalization Act, empowers the RTWPBs to issue corresponding Wage Orders in accordance to the guidelines issued by the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

Such functions, according to Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman of the Department of Labor and Employment, Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) and Chairperson of the RTWPB, are performed even in the absence of any petition for a wage adjustment filed by the concerned groups of industries representing both the employers and the laborers.

In his presentation to the multi-sectoral groups  from the province a forum conducted by DOLE-Abra headed by Mr. George Lubin, Jr. held at the Lucky’s Hotel  here recently, Guzman presented the new minimum wage rates based on the geographical areas and groupings in the Cordilleras  that took effect  last June 5.

All  industries/ sectors employing 11 or more   in  Baguio  and  La Trinidad, Benguet,  shall have daily minimum wage  of P300 (P285  basic wage + P15 Cost of Living Allowance);  P290 (275 basic wage  +  P15 COLA)  for Tabuk City, Bangued, Bontoc, Lagawe, Banaue, Buguias, Bauko, Sagada,  and  Tublay, and P2 80 in other areas of the region.

Sectors employing 10 or less shall have daily minimum wage of P285 (P270 basic wage + P15 Cost of Living Allowance); P280 (265 basic wage + P15 COLA) for Tabuk City, Bangued, Bontoc, Lagawe, Banaue, Buguias, Bauko, Sagada, and Tublay, and P270 in other areas of the region.

Exception to this Wage Order are persons employed in the personal service of another, domestic workers by virtue of the RA 10361, otherwise known as the Batas Kasambahay, and the workers in the registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificate of Authority pursuant to RA 9178, otherwise known as the “Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) Act of 2001.”

For private educational institutions, implementation of this Order starts with the School Year 2018-2019.

The rates for mobile and ranch workers   shall be based on the applicable rates in the domicile or head office of the employer. (JDP/MTBB - PIA CAR, Abra)