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IN QUEZON PROVINCE, OVER 500 STAKEHOLDERS ATTEND ORIENTATION ON NEW WAGE ORDER

To clarify the facets of the new wage order in the CALABARZON region, the Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) in cooperation with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IV-A (RTWPB IV-A) and the Provincial Government of Quezon, facilitated an Orientation on Wage Order No. IVA-19 held at the Quezon Convention Center on July 11, 2022.

Gathering over 500 stakeholders from the labor and management sectors in the province of Quezon, RTWPB IV-A oriented the participants on the salient provisions of the new wage order and its implementing rules which took effect on June 30, 2022.

According to RTWPB IV-A Board Secretary Atty. Rio Ariel Soriano, Wage Order No. IVA-19 which was published on June 14, 2022, grants a P3-P49 increase in the daily minimum wage of workers in private establishments upon its effectivity on June 30, and a second tranche would be given 6 months after the 1st tranche, where workers shall receive an increase of up to P48 per day depending on the covered area or sector.

 



“In approving the new wage order, among others, various parameters were taken such as restoration of the loss purchasing power of the workers to cope up with changes in the socioeconomic conditions in the region, competitiveness of wage levels between and across contiguous similarly situated regions, simplification of the prevailing wage structure, impact of COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to promote industry dispersal in the region,” Atty. Soriano said.

In his message, DOLE QPO Provincial Head Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez underscored the significance of making both the employers and employees fully knowledgeable of their entitlement and responsibilities with respect to the newly issued wage order.

"Our fundamental objective is to familiarize both the management and the workers on the new adjustments on the minimum wage levels. We also want you to be completely aware of the application and coverage of the new wage order as well as the reasons behind the issuance including the legal bases and guidelines,” he said.

 



Meanwhile, Quezon Governor Helen Tan mentioned that she was also an employer before she became an elected government official.

“I know the struggles of being an employer, especially in such matters like raising the minimum wage but on the side of the employees I know that these are what they are demanding triggered by increasing prices of commodities and the rising of inflation rate. That is why, we at the provincial government is always with you and we will always listen to your concerns as we are DOLE's partner in resolving employment issues,” she said.

 



The participants were also oriented on the new minimum wage rates for domestic workers or kasambahay which will take effect on July 16, 2022. Upon effectivity, domestic workers in the Growth Corridor Area (cities and first-class municipalities) will get an increase of P1,500 from their current minimum wage of P3,500 while kasambahays from the Emerging Growth Area and Resource-Based Area (other municipalities) shall receive P4,000, an increase of P1,000 from their current rate of P3,000.

An open forum ensued after the orientation wherein queries ranging from general labor standards to wage distortion scenarios were discussed.


By:

FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Senior Labor and Employment Officer

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2022-07-15
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