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P15-P25 daily wage hike in Cordillera okayed

BAGUIO CITY – The Cordillera Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-CAR) approved a P15-P25 daily wage increase for minimum wage earners covering all industries in the different parts of the region effective fifteen days after the wage order’s publication in a newspaper of general circulation.


Augusto Aquillo, RTWPB-CAR board secretary, explained workers in Tabuk City received the highest daily wage increase at P25 wherein P10 was included in their previous basic pay of P265 plus an additional P15 in their cost of living allowance (COLA) which made the new daily wage to be P290 for all industries employing 11 or more workers. While those employed in industries having 10 workers and below will be receiving a P280 daily wage with the P10 added basic pay and P15 COLA from their previous P255 daily pay.

Under Wage Order No. RB-CAR No. 18, workers in industries employing 11 workers or more in Baguio and La Trinidad will be receiving P300 daily wage from the previous P285 while those in industries employing 10 or less workers in the same area will be receiving P285 daily wage from the previous P270.

For those in industries employing 11 or more workers in Tabuk City, Bangued, Abra, Bontoc, Mountain Province, Lagawe and Banaue in Ifugao, Buguias and Tublay in Benguet, and Bauko and Sagada in Mountain Province, the daily minimum wage will be P290 from the previous P275 while those in industries with 10 or less workers located in the same areas will be receiving a daily wage of P280 from the previous P265 daily wage.

The wage order also fixed the daily wage in other areas in the region at P280 for those employed in industries having 11 or more workers from the previous P265 and P270 daily wage for those in industries having 10 workers and below from the previous P255 daily wage.

In the areas of Itogon, Tuba, and Sablan, the order stated covered workers shall continue to receive the minimum wage rates provided by the previous wage order, comprising of P285 basic rate per day in all industries and P270 basic rate per day for micro-enterprises.

It was also provided that the minimum wage rates shall be for the normal working hours, which shall not exceed 8 hours work a day.

Covered by the new wage orders are all minimum wage earners in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) regardless of their position, designation or status and irrespective of the method their wages are paid.

However, those not covered by the new wage order are those employed in the personal service of another, domestic workers by virtue of Republic Act 10361, otherwise known as the Batas Kasambahay, and workers in the registered barangay micro-business enterprises with certificate of authority pursuant to RA 9178.

Aquillo explained nothing in the new wage order shall be construed to reduce or eliminate any existing wage rates, allowances and benefits of any form under existing laws, decrees, issuances, executive orders and under any contract or agreement between the works and employers or employer practices or policies being enjoyed by the workers prior to the issuance of the order.

The wage order cited the implementation of the productivity-based pay shall continue to be implemented following the guidelines provided by Advisory No. 01, series of 2013, Advisory No. 2, series of 2014 and subsequent advisories which may be issued by the board.

|In the case of private educational institutions, the wage order stipulated the share of workers and employees covered in the increase in tuition fees for school year 2017-2018 shall be considered as compliance with the order. Where the share of the workers and employees is less than what is provided in the order, the employer shall pay the difference starting school year 2018-2019.

On the other hand, private educational institutions which shall not increase their tuition fees for the current school year may defer compliance with the provisions of the wage order until the following school year.

The wage order stated applications for exemption from compliance with the order shall not be allowed, however, in case of a calamity, the board may accept applications for exemption filed by establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural or human-induced disasters pursuant to NWPC Resolution No. 01, series of 2014.

The wage order cited the minimum wage rates of workers who, by the nature of their work, have to travel shall be those applicable in the domicile or head office of the employer and the minimum wage rates of workers working in branches or agencies of establishments in or outside the region shall be those applicable in the place where they are stationed.

Complaints for non-compliance with the wage order shall be filed with the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment–Cordillera having jurisdiction over the workplace and shall be subjected to the mandatory 30-day conciliation and mediation process under the single-entry approach.

However, if settlement fails, the case becomes subject of enforcement proceedings under Article 128 and 129 of the Labor Code as amended.

The wage order claimed no preliminary or permanent injunction or temporary restraining order may be issued by any court, tribunal or other entity against any proceedings before the board.



Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.