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PIA Press Release
Thursday, November 11, 2010

Minimum wage earners in Central Luzon to get P14 increase

Starting 22 November, minimum wage earners in Central Luzon will enjoy an increase of P14 per day in the form of cost of living allowance (COLA) under Wage Order No. RBIII-15, which is just in time for the holiday season. The P10.00 COLA under Wage Order No. RBIII-14 will now be integrated in the workers’ basic pay under the new minimum wage order.

The new wage order will bring the daily minimum wage levels in the Region from P173 - P302 to P187 - P316.

Under this order, non-agricultural workers in establishments located in Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Bataan, Zambales, and Nueva Ecija, with total assets of P30 million or more will be paid a basic wage of P302.00 and cola of P14 or simply put, a minimum wage of P316. Meanwhile, non-agricultural workers in Aurora province receive a minimum wage of P265 (P251 basic wage and P14).

The issuance of the new minimum wage was in response to a petition filed by the Mitusmi Philippines Workers’ Union-ALU-TUCP for a P75/day across-the-board wage increase in Region III.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and productivity Board in Region III had been conducting a series of consultative meetings and public hearings where labor and management representatives and all concerned stakeholders were in attendance.

The tripartite meeting was headed by Department of Labor and Employment Region 3 (DOLERO3) regional director Ernesto C. Bihis, along with Elizabeth Teves, board secretary (RTWPB3) in coming up with a new set of minimum wage rates for all industries within the region.

Bihis said in an early interview with the local media, that the new minimum wage forged was based on a balancing act, wherein the thrust of the Department is to help our workforce improve their lives by increasing their purchasing power at the same token preserve jobs through helping the company to also be able to sustain its capacity to pay its workers. He also added that the new wage rates come timely at the advent of the holiday season. (DOLE thru PIA 3)

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