Minimum wage hike expected across regional boards in the Philippines
Philippines’ Labour Secretary Silvestre Bello III expects other regional boards to follow suit in issuing orders to increase workers’ minimum wage.
“Following the lead of the NCR and Western Visayas, I expect the other regional wage boards to issue their respective wage orders in the coming days and weeks,” he said. “I thank the wage boards for heeding my call to expedite the review of the current minimum wage in their respective regions.”
So far, the wage boards of Metro Manila and Western Visayas have approved the minimum wage hike in various sectors, reports CNN.
Workers in Metro Manila have been granted a 33 pesos (US$0.63) wage hike, increasing the minimum wage rate for the non-agriculture sector to 570 pesos (US$10.88) for the non-agriculture sector and 533 pesos (US$10.17) for the agriculture sector.
In Western Visayas, workers in the non-agriculture, industrial, and commercial sectors can expect their wages to increase by 55 pesos (US$1.05) to 110 pesos (US$2.1).