RTWPB seeks support to new wage order

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Oct. 16 (PIA) -- The Cordillera Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) rallied employers and employees here to support the new wage order that took effect last August.

Based on Wage Order No. 19, the new daily basic minimum wage in Tabuk City is adjusted to P305 from P280 for business establishments employing 10 and below, and P315 from P290 for establishments employing more than 10. All the other municipalities of the province has new minimum wage of P300 per day.

The same Order has integrated the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) to the basic daily wage.

RTWPB Secretary Augusto Aquillo, in the recent orientation on the wage order here, explained the new wage adjustment is reached after the series of consultation with both sectors.

‘Admitting that any increase in wage rate may cause additional cost to management, we also have to consider the plight of workers for them to at least meet the poverty threshold,’ he stressed.

In the region, the poverty threshold is P298 per day.

Aquillo said the RTWPB had cautiously studied the P25/day wage rate adjustment considering that 95-98 percent of the region’s business establishments belong to micro-enterprise.

He also presented the new ‘incentivizing scheme’ where workers get extra bonus pay based on performance.

‘Again, this is a fair move where bonus is given to whom bonus is due, ‘he said.

Aquillo noted that so far, the Board did not receive any serious wage dispute. He attributed this to the Cordillera culture of easily understanding one another. By Larry T. Lopez (JDP/LL-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

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