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RIZAL EMPLOYERS, WORKERS JOIN RTWPB IV-A TO DISCUSS MINIMUM WAGE ADJUSTMENT

Employers and workers from the province of Rizal participated in a public consultation with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IV-A (RTWPB IV-A) during the virtual Wages and Productivity Caravan held recently.

This caravan is in line with the recent order issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III mandating RTWPBs to discuss with the representatives of both labor and employers’ groups the impact of the current economic trends to Filipino workers and provide recommendations for the adjustment of daily minimum wage.

As the economy still recovers from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, now came another crisis in Ukraine, increasing the price of commodities and is cited as the reason for the recent oil price hikes in the country.

The Labor Chief reiterates that the opinions of both workers and employers should be considered in setting the minimum wage anew.

“Setting and adjusting the wage level is one of the most challenging parts[s] of minimum wage fixing. Minimum wage cannot be very low as it will have very small effect in protecting workers and their families against poverty. If set too high, it will have an adverse employment effect. There should be a balance between two sets of considerations,” Bello said.

During the public consultations, Rizal Provincial Director Marivic B. Martinez reiterated that last 2019, through the Rizal Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, a Resolution was filed regarding the difference on wages of those areas under the emerging extended metropolitan area (Cainta and Taytay) and component cities (Antipolo City).

 



Employers and labor groups were then asked whether they are in favor for a PhP 25.00 or PhP 75.00 increase on the prevailing minimum wage in Rizal. RTWPB also sought their opinion on the nationwide call to grant the PhP 750.00 across the board minimum wage rate in the country.

Rizal-based employers call for the retention of minimum wage in the province for they are also heavily affected by the recent events in Ukraine. Aside from that, they also emphasized that they have yet to recover from their losses incurred from the pandemic in the last two years. Increasing the minimum wage of their employees might cause them to reduce their labor force since they could no longer cover the possible increase of expenses. Labor groups have yet to issue their position on the subject matter.

DOLE Rizal and RTWPB IV-A also sought recommendations from the domestic worker sector on the same points.

Subsequently, representatives from workers’ organizations, domestic workers and employers were asked to submit their position papers if they would recommend a minimum wage increase or not.

On May 30, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Region IV-A approved Wage Order No. IVA-19 which will take effect on 30 June for its first tranche.


by:

FLINT OSRIC T. GOROSPE

Community Facilitator


CHARMAINE D. BAISA
LEO III

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