BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 2 (PIA) - - The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB) presented in a press conference on Wednesday Wage Order No. 19 that raises the minimum daily wage in the private sector in the Cordillera region by P20-30.
RTWPB – Cordillera Board Secretary Augusto Aquillo said the order will take effect 15 days after its publication in local (regional) papers. It will cover all workers in the private sector receiving minimum wage regardless of position designation, status and irrespective of the method their wages are paid.
Upon effectivity, the new minimum daily wage for Baguio City and La Trinidad, Benguet will be P320 for all industries/sectors employing 11 or more workers, and P310 for those with 10 workers or less.
For those working in Tabuk City, Kalinga; Bangued, Abra; Bontoc, Bauko and Sagada, Mountain Province; Lagawe and Banaue, Ifugao; and Buguias, Itogon, Mankayan, Tuba and Tublay in Benguet , minimum wage will be P315 for industries/sectors employing 11 or more and P305 for those with 10 or less.
For the other municipalities in Cordillera, minimum daily wage will be P300 regardless of how many employees an industry has.
Aquillo explained that the direct increase will be on the basic rates (daily minimum wage) and not in the Cost of Living Allowance as a P15 per day was already integrated in the previous wage order (RB – CAR 18).
He clarified that exempted from the wage order are domestic or household helpers, persons employed in the personal service of another, and Barangay Micro Business Enterprise with Certificate of Authority issued by the Department of Trade and Industry under Republic Act 9178.
RTWPB – CAR Chairperson, Department of Labor and Employment Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman and Vice Chairperson, DTI Regional Director Myrna Pablo, in the said forum, both affirmed that the wage order has undergone a rigid process that includes public hearings and consultations and primarily putting into consideration striking a balance between the benefits of labor and the capacity of employers, and at the same time ensuring the competitiveness of the wage of workers in Cordillera across the other regions in the country.
RTWPB members Juan Johnny Dela Cruz representing management, and lawyer Milton Balagtey and Engr. Renerio Lardizabal representing labor were also present during the press conference to attest that the new wage order considered all the socio – economic parameters in the region. (PIA CAR)