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PIA Press Release
Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Wage increase in Zambo takes effect Sept. 9

by Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

Zamboanga City (3 November) -- The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IX is informing all stakeholders in the city that the new salary rate in Zamboanga City took effect on September 9, 2010, to once and for all quell confusion on its effectivity, after queries reached their office triggered by the different dates of the issuance of the new wage order and the implementing rules and regulations.

RTWPB IX Board Secretary Joel Ijirani said that the date of issuance of the implementing rules and regulations has no bearing the effectivity of the wage order.

"To erase confusion as to the effectivity of the new wage order in the city, we are reiterating that the increase officially took effect on September 9, 2010, 15 days after our publication in the local newspapers, as mandated by law. The date of the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations do not affect the effectivity of the adjustment", Ijirani stressed.

The Board unanimously approved Wage Order no. 16 during its meetings on August 16 and 17, 2010, and was approved by the National Wage and Productivity Council (NWPC) a week after in Manila. RTWPB IX immediately caused the publication of the order on Aug. 26, 2010 to all local newspapers in the city.

The new wage order mandates private sector employers in non-agricultural businesses employing more than 30 workers to pay workers the prescribed daily wage of P 255.00. Agricultural workers, to include rubber industries, workers are to receive P230.00 daily in plantation - type farms and P210.00 in non-plantation type farms.

For retail and service establishments employing not more than 30 employees, workers should receive P235.00 daily. The Board also gave provisions for the minimum wage of cottage and handicraft workers that should not be lower than P 210.00.

"I hope that this will clarify all questions raised to our office regarding this matter", Ijirani said. (PIA9-ZC/RTWPB)

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