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PIA Press Release
2006/06/30

PGMA expresses confidence in wage boards

by RG Alama

Davao City (30 June) -- Despite being assailed with its recent decision on a P25 minimum wage increase in Metro Manila, the President is confident with the Regional wage boards across the country in serving the interests of both the labor and business sector.

The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board in the National Capital Region issued a wage order which increased the minimum wage by P25, an amount which was assailed by the labor sector as being too measly.

"The wage boards are highly professional institutions performing a balancing act of easing the pain on labor while sustaining investments and job, if not creating new jobs." Presidential spokesman and Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said speaking on behalf of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

"Let's give the boards our full support and confidence that they will continue to perform their mandate with fairness to all concerned and to the public interest." said Press Sec. Bunye.

Press Sec. Bunye assured the labor sector that President Arroyo has always understood the concerns of the labor sector and said that the Government will not stop searching for ways to alleviate the economic difficulties faced by our workers in the context of overall economic stability.

Meanwhile, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Acting Secretary Danilo Cruz said that the Labor department is confident that the wage boards in other regions would likewise be able to address wage hike petitions pending before them. On the same spirit of social equity as the Government continues to move on with non-wage benefits to ease the burden on our workers.

Sec. Cruz defended the wage increase in the NCR as the P25 amount was based on the consultations among the employers, labor groups and the Government comprising the tripartite wage board. According to DOLE statistics, the cost of living in NCR increased to as much as 6.6% in June while the corresponding wage increase is about 7.7%. (PIA) [top]

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