At least six labor organizations have petitioned for an across-the-board wage increase in Central Visayas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
DOLE Region 7 Director Cyril L. Ticao, chairman of the Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Cebu said the following labor groups filed a petition for a P155.80 hike:
- Cebu Labor Coalition
- Lonbisco Employees Organization (LEO)
- METAPHIL Workers Union (MWU)
- NUWHRAIN-Montebello Chapter
- NLM- Katipunan
- Union Bank Employees Association (UBEA)
Another group, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), filed a separate petition for a P120 wage hike.
All petitions, Ticao said, have to be formally presented to the Wage board for the public hearing.
The first public hearing that will tackle the wage hike petition will be on April 12, 2018, in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
Another one is to take place the following day, April 13, in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
On April 26, the Board will hold the same in Cebu City, which will be followed by the final one on May 10 in Bogo City, Northern Cebu.
“Wage fixing is done on a regular basis to ensure that the welfare of those in the vulnerable sector is protected. The task now of the Board is to balance the interest of labor and management,” Ticao added.
DOLE said anyone against the wage hike petitions should file their opposition before or during the public hearing.
The last wage order for Central Visayas took effect in 2017.
Under Wage Order No. 20, which took effect on March 10, 2017. The minimum wage structure are as follows:
P 366 per day – Class A cities and municipalities or those belonging to the Expanded Metro Cebu Area – (Cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga, Talisay and Municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla, and San Fernando)
P 333 a day for Class B Cities and Municipalities or the (cities of Toledo, Bogo, and the rest of Municipalities in Cebu Province except Bantayan and Camotes Islands)
P 323 a day should be given to the workers in Class C Cities and Municipalities (Tagbilaran City and all municipalities in Bohol Province and Negros Oriental Province)
P 308 a day for The workers in Class D areas or the Municipalities in (Siquijor Province & Municipalities in Bantayan and Camotes)