‘NCR cost of living almost triple minimum wage’

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The cost of living in Metro Manila has risen to P1,200 for a family of six members, an amount that the parents could not raise if they are both just earning the current minimum wage, according to a labor group.

The Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) said it had conducted a study showing that the cost of living in the capital now stands at P1,217 a day or nearly triple the P456 minimum wage in the National Capital Region (NCR).

“This estimate shows that the gap between the P456 minimum wage in the NCR and the present cost of living is a yawning P761 or 167 percent of the ordinary wage,” PM chair Renato Magtubo said in a statement.

“Even if both parents work—which is the buy-one-take-one policy of the government—then their combined income will not be enough to feed the entire family,” he added.

Magtubo said PM’s estimate did not include savings and social security, which in the government’s basket of goods and services constitute 10 percent of the cost of living. It also did not include expenses for leisure and recreation, and the family budget for health also excluded medical expenses.

“If we include such items, and we must in a more accurate survey, then the cost of living will significantly exceed P1,200 per day,” he said.

National Wage and Productivity Council’s cost of living estimate of P917 for the Metro residents in 2008 was “hopelessly outdated in the light of this study and in the face of continuing inflation,” he said.

The labor leader doubted that the NCR wage board would approve the petition filed earlier this month seeking a P85 wage increase. “Since the NCR wage board was established in 1989, no basic wage increase ever granted was above P30, whether the economy was in boom or bust. The wage boards must be abolished for being inutile.”

“Its wage orders are always delayed, stingy and benefits merely a small section of workers because it is not across-the-board and riddled with exemptions, deferments and creditability clauses,” he said.

PM is advocating the establishment of a National Wage Commission to replace the regional wage boards and fix wages based on the single criterion of cost of living.

Despite the huge gap between the present minimum wage and the current cost of living, the proposed commission can equalize the two by a host of mechanisms, like direct wage increases, tax exemptions, price discounts and social security subsidies for workers, he added. Philip C. Tubeza

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  • TheSmilingBandit

    So why compute based on a family of 6? Why don’t these people have a family of say, 3 or 4? Stop making so many babies if you can’t afford them. If they bring the minimum wage up higher, more businesses will either close or move out.

  • $5699914

    Magtipid!
    Mag isip ng maige bago mag-anak.
    Umisip ng ibang bagay na kikita ng pera sa marangal na paraan.
    Iwasan ang bisyo (sugal, babae, alak sigarilyo), unahin ang kapakanan ng pamilya.
    Maglakad kaysa sumakay ng tricycle o jeep kung malapit rin lang naman ang pupuntahan.

  • Exo

    Why is the computation based on family of 6? Dapat ibase ang computation sa family of 4. Then ang daily expense ay 800 pesos lang. Btw, 1,200 pesos a day is too much. Ano ba ang kinakain nila? Baka puro lapu-lapu at beef steak araw-araw kaya 1200 pesos a day ang kailangan. Nambobola lang ang gumawa ng computation na to.

  • tagaDumantay

    Bawat isa halos tig 200 per day. Baka araw araw sa Jolibee kumakain.

  • kilabot

    di bale,
    libre naman ang condom
    courtesy of noykapon’s admin.
    kung kulang sa pagkain
    mag-sex nalang
    baka maibsan ang gutom.
    yan ang mensahe ng gobyerno.

    • Marc Julian Manongdo

      You’re s2pid.

    • Marc Julian Manongdo

      Contraceptives prevent the production of more mouths. The fact is people from the slums who don’t earn enough still have sex, at least they should be responsible with it and not let it result to more palamunins.

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