House vote on P125 daily wage hike seen in May

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MANILA, Philippines—The House committee on labor is expected to approve an across-the-board daily wage hike of P125 for private workers and bring it to a plenary vote by May.

Northern Samar Rep. Emil Ong, labor committee chair, said he was 100-percent optimistic House Bill No. 375, filed by Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano, would get a thumbs-up in the panel. “Our members have no problem with it, but it might have difficulties in the plenary,” he said.

“We wanted to have it approved before Labor Day, May 1, but we had problems in our schedules because there were other hearings, not to mention the impeachment [of Chief Justice Renato Corona],” said Ong.

Ong said the labor committee would hold its last regional hearing next month in northern Luzon before taking a vote on the bill.

Solution to demands

Ong said the committee conducted hearings on the legislated wage hike in different regions to get the public pulse on whether the regional wage boards were addressing their concerns or a legislated wage hike was the solution to their demands.

In hearings conducted in Mindanao, Ong said businessmen did not object to the legislated wage hike because increasing it by P125 a day would still keep them way below the salary rates in Metro Manila. “If we give the P125, Metro Manila’s wages will be at P500 plus while those outside Metro Manila will be at P300 plus. It’s about time we considered distributing the wealth considering that we have been receiving complaints that only the employers were getting rich,” said Ong.

Profit-sharing

Ong said the labor committee was also studying the possibility of mandating companies to share their profits with their employees. “Employers do not like this because it will force them to open their books since these will serve as the basis of how much they would have to share with their employees. But this is also good for the government because it will help it collect the real taxes dues,” said Ong.

Ong said that profit sharing schemes would be beneficial in the long run as employees would be more competitive knowing that their extra efforts would lead to higher profits for their company.

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  • JJF724

    This wage hike of P125 technically still not enough but if they will impliment PNOY proposal when he’s just still in Congress to used 10% of net profit as workers insentives then it will help a lot to improve the standard of living and help the economy move faster.  My salary here in just a week is P50,000 but the cost of living here is much expensive but we can afford to buy all food that the rich people can buy.

  • ddano

    It’s not only the employers who are getting rich tonggressman, pati kayo sa congresso!

  • kilabot

    pagdating sa sahod ng manggagawa delay ang desisyon. pag tungkol sa 70M pork nila, pirma agad in 3 hours kahit di nabasa ang impeachment complaint na defective. yan ang pnoy political prostitutes (ppp) at your service ladies and gentlemen. abnoying talaga.

  • kismaytami

    Mr. Ong, sa pagkakaalam ko ang profit sharing ay ‘exclusive’ lang sa mga managerial at supervisory position. Eh paano kaming mga rank and file??? Kayo talagang mga Intsik, lagi nyong pinaglololoko ang mga Pilipino.

  • Kayang

    This kind of wage increase will just drive the inflation. The increase will be eaten up in no time. Wage increases should be yearly limited to a certain percentage. This will assure steady increase of standard of living without fueling inflation. However it must be assured, that business people  don’t raise their gain projections and leave them on acceptable levels.

  • sheila punzalan

    magandang balita ito para sa mga manggagawa. napakataas na kasi ng presyo ng langis at bilihin. kailangang-kailangan na ng dagdag-sahod. sana tuluy-tuloy na ito!

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