Minimum wage hiked by P40 in Metro Manila
The National Capital Region wage board raised the daily minimum wage for private sector non-agriculture workers from P570 to P610, or an increase of P40.
The daily minimum wage for workers in the agriculture sector, in service and retail establishments with 15 or less workers, and in manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers will be adjusted from P533 to P573.
The National Capital Region regional tripartite wages and productivity board approved the P40 daily minimum wage hike on June 26 after a public hearing on June 21.
The National Wages and Productivity Commission approved the wage order on June 27.
The wage order will take effect on July 16, or 15 days from publication scheduled on June 30.
However, retail and service establishments that regularly employ less than 10 workers, and enterprises affected by natural calamities and disasters may apply for exemption from the minimum wage increase.
Barangay micro business enterprises are also not covered by the minimum wage law.
“The increase… resulted from several petitions filed by various labor groups seeking an increase in the daily minimum wage due to escalating prices of basic goods and commodities,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said in a statement.
The new daily minimum wage rates in Metro Manila “remain above the regional poverty threshold of P452 per day for a family of five,” it added.
DOLE said the wage order is expected to directly benefit 1.1 million minimum wage earners in Metro Manila.
Around 1.5 million full-time wage and salary workers earning above the minimum wage may also “indirectly benefit” in case of “correction of wage distortion,” said DOLE.
The last minimum wage increase in Metro Manila took effect in 2022.
Laguesma added they will be presenting to the President and the Cabinet the Philippine Development Plan 2020-2023, which have been both endorsed by the labor sector and DOLE, before holding a national tripartite conference.
The DOLE chief also said they will be meeting with the workers and employers by next month regarding Executive Order (EO) No. 23, which directs the administration to form an inter-agency committee to strengthen the coordination and expedite the investigation, prosecution and resolution of cases of extrajudicial killings and harassment of workers and union leaders and members.