Manila’s minimum wage increased to $14 per day

Labour groups have deemed the new minimum wage increase in Manila as insufficient for overworked and underpaid workers.
By: | November 9, 2018


Minimum wage workers in Manila, Philippines, will soon see an increase in their salary. The country’s Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has approved an additional PHP25 (SGD$0.65) to their daily wage of PHP537 (SGD$14).

The wage increase will be applied in the coming weeks, but labour groups have said that it will not help with rising inflation.

The pay increase is above the proposed quantum of PHP20 (SGD$0.52) floated by the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines.

However, it is far below the PHP334 (SGD$9) wage increase initially demanded by the Associated Labour Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, which is one of the petitioners.

They have slammed the increase, labelling it ‘measly’ and an insufficient relief for workers.

The order was approved by organisations such as DOLE, the Department of Trade and Industry, National Economic and Development Authority, and an employers’ group representative.

Labour group representatives have also signed the order, but with much hesitation.