DOLE and NWPC Approves New Minimum Wage in Regions 10 and 12
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stated that National Wages Productivity Commission (NWPC) had given its approval to increase the minimum wages of workers in Region 10 (MIMAROPA) and Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN).
In a statement, DOLE expressed that NPWC has “reviewed and affirmed” the wage increase for both Mimaropa and SOCCSKSARGEN through the issuance of several wage orders.
Based on Wage Order No. RB-MIMAROPA-10, private-sector workers in Mimaropa are entitled to receive an additional ₱35 in their daily wages. The new wage would be ₱329 for those working in an entity with less than ten workers and ₱355 for companies with more than ten employees.
According to Wage Order No. RB-MIMAROPA-DW-03, domestic workers in Mimaropa are also set to receive a ₱1,000 monthly increase raising their monthly salary rate to ₱4,500.
On the other hand, based on Wage Order No. RBXII-22, private workers based in SOCCSKSARGEN, will receive an additional ₱32 in two tranches of ₱16 upon the effectiveness of the wage order and ₱16 on September 1, 2022.
This brings SOCCSKSARGEN a new wage rate of ₱368 for the non-agriculture sector and ₱347 for agriculture, service, and retail establishments.
NWPC also noted that it confirmed a wage hike for domestic workers in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), who will soon receive a ₱1,000 more every month. Their updated monthly minimum wage rate will be ₱5,000 from ₱4,000.
Last week, DOLE announced that the daily wage in Metro Manila would increase by ₱35, making the wage rate ₱570 and ₱533 for workers in the non-agriculture and agriculture sectors.
DOLE cited in a statement that the wage increase was considered due to the rising prices of essential goods, commodities, and fuel products.
DOLE stated, “It is expected to protect around one million minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region from undue low pay.”
This comes around four years after DOLE last announced to increase the current pay of workers in the capital by ₱25.