The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, an attached agency of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), affirmed on Feb 16, 2017 a wage increase of P25 for minimum wage earners in Western Visayas including the province of Negros Occidental.
The increase was a result of a series of public consultation and hearings conducted by the Board from September to November 2016 on the Petition for Wage Increase filed by the Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union (PACIWU)-TUCP in DOLE Negros Island Region on August 30, 2016.
The new Wage Order No. 23 covers minimum wage earners in the private sector in Region 6 as well as in Negros Occidental.
It does not cover household or domestic workers, persons in the personal service of another (e.g. drivers, gardeners) and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises.
According to DOLE 6 OIC-Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, this Wage Order is not applicable to household or domestic workers as they are covered by Wage Order No. RBVI-D.W. 1 which was issued by the Board in December 2015.
For non-agriculture/industrial/commercial, workers engaged by establishments employing more than ten employees will receive an increase of P25 while those engaged by companies employing 10 workers and below will get P15 increase. For agriculture, both plantation and non-plantation workers will get an increase of P15.
Siaton said the new Wage Order will take effect 15 days after its publication in the local newspaper of regional circulation. The same is published today.
New and distressed establishments as well as those affected by calamities such as natural and or human induced disaster are exempted from implementing the new Wage Order.