No pending petition for wage hike in Region 8
Tacloban City (April 25) -- There is industrial peace in Region 8 with the atmosphere quiet and peaceful between the business and labor.
This is the statement of Mr. Florencio Aguilos Jr., board secretary of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board when interviewed by PIA.
Mr. Aguilos said that to date, there is no pending petition for wage hike in Region 8. Besides, this period still covers the one year prescriptive period after a wage hike, where no wage increase petition could be filed.
It would be recalled that the Eastern Visayas Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board through its chairman Director Forter Puguon announced the latest pay hike for the private sector workforce on August 1, 2006 . This means, that it has been less than one year since the last wage hike, so no labor group can petition for another wage hike yet.
Mr. Aguilos, so said, unless there are supervening factors or conditions. In the case of Region 8, there are no supervening factors whatsoever.
Mr. Aguilos added that as far as he knows, there is no region in the entire country except for NCR or National Capital Region where a pending petition for P75 wage increase was filed by the Trade Union Council of the Philippines .
Despite the claim of some sectors that TUCP will file the same petition in all the different Regions of the country, Region 8 Regional Wage Board has not received any petition from TUCP as of the moment, Mr. Aguilos underscored.
In fact, the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board in Eastern Visayas had a meeting on April 23 but the issue of wage hike was never touched because there is no pending petition, Mr. Aguilos added.
DOLE Secretary Arturo Brion made a statement that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will unveil on Labor Day, a package of non-wage benefits for the labor sector. These benefits will include basic commodities, food, housing and health subsidies. (PIA 8)