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Wage Board 13 releases new wage hike implementing rules

Butuan City (15 September) -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XIII, presented in a press conference, the rules and regulations implementing Wage Order No. RXIII-10 at the DOLE-13 conference room, DOLE-13 Office at Nimfa Tiu Bldg., J.P. Rosales Ave., 9:30 A.M. today.

The 20-page document contains RULE-1 : The General Provisions; RULE -2: The New Minimum Wage Rates; RULE-3: Exemptions and RULE-4: The Special Provisions. It was approved by the board on August 12, 20 10, duly signed by former board chairperson Atty. Romeo N. Cagas, Vice Chairpersons Dir. Carmencita S. Conchingco (NEDA-13) and Dir. Brielgo O. Pagaran (DTI-13), Board Members Mr. George Uy and Ms. Jocelyn F. Yee, (employer representatives) Mr. Joselito V. Soriano and Mr. Rolando C. Dahang (labor representatives).

The IRR was signed by Labor Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz on August 26, 2010. The Caraga Wage Order No. RXIII-10 provides the daily minimum wage rates (DMWR) of agricultural workers (plantation), a basic wage P220.00, plus a cost of living allowance of P13.00 or a DMWR of P233.00. Agricultural workers (non-plantation) will be receiving a basic wage of P200.00, plus P13.00 cost of living allowance or a DMWR of P213.00. Non-agricultural workers will be receiving a basic wage of P230.00 plus P13.00 cost of living allowance or a total DMWR of P243.00. The retail and service workers will receive a basic wage of P200.00 plus p13.00 cost of living allowance or a total DMWR of P213.00 (for those employing 10 persons or less) and P230.00 basic wage plus P13.00 COLA or a DMWR of P243.00 (for those who are employing more than 10 workers).

The new minimum wage rate took effect on August 25, of this year. Dir. Domingo said that the wage board?s previous nine wage orders enjoyed a 65 % compliance rating among the inspected establishments in the region. She disclosed that there were a total of 276 business establishments inspected by the board this year and 182 of these had shown compliance to their previous wage orders. The board she said is optimistic that the new wage order may have the benefit of similar compliance.

Board Secretary Dela Victoria also stressed the importance of the approval of the IRR for this is "the basis," he said "for some establishments specially the larger ones of implementing the new wage hike." And for the new establishments, he also said that this will provide them the chance of the sixty-day period to apply for exemption of implementing the new wage increase. Other business categories, he said may also avail of the 75-day period allowed for the application of exemptions. He said that during the implementation of their previous wage orders they received a number of applications for exemptions. As for the new wage order, they will give time until November 27 of this year to receive the applications for exemption. The concerned establishments may just submit their applications to the DOLE field offices in their respective areas on or before the said date.

Attending the press forum were RTWPB Chairperson and DOLE-13 Dir. Ofelia B. Domingo, Board Secretary Earl D. Dela Victoria and other RTWPB board members. The IRR is pursuant to Section 6, Rule IV of the Amended Rules of Procedure on Minimum Wage Fixing and Section 21 of Wage Order No. RXIII-10, issued for the guidance and compliance by all concerned business establishments in the region. (Noel B. Najarro, The Butuan Star/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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