Saturday, September 8, 2018


LEGAZPI CITY (Sept. 8) – The Regional Tripartite Wages and productivity Board (RTWPB) in Bicol has approved Wage Order No. RBV-19 providing wage increases of P20 and P30 for wokers and employees in the private sector regardless of the number of workers and another increase of P5 and P15 on May 1, 2019 for those employing 10 workers and above and those employing 1 to 9 workers, respectively.

“The new minimum wage rate will now be P310 from the previous P290 for establishments employing 10 workers and above while workers in establishment employing one to nine personnel will get P310 from the P280 daily minum wage said DOLE Regional Director  and chairperson of RWPB-5Atty. Alvin M. Villamor.

 “The adjustment of the minimum wage rate is one of the measures of the government to provide workers with immediate relief spurred by high prices of basic goods and services,” Villamor added. He said that the increase in minimum wage rate was the result of the series of consultations and public hearing conducted by the Board. The prevailing socio-economic conditions of the region as well as the viability of various business were among those considered by the Board in coming up with the amount.

Under Wage Order No. RBV – 19, the wage rate per day shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region regardless of their position, designation or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

Excluded from the order, however, are kasambahays or domestic workers covered by Batas Kasambahay (RA 10361), persons in the personal service of another, and workers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to RA 9178, as amended, and also provided under the Go Negosyo Act of 2013 (RA 10644).

Atty. Villamor added, “we also encourage those establishments in the wholesale and retail trade, construction industry to come up with productivity-based pay schemes that will allow for higher performance/ productivity of the enterprise and income among its workers.” (Mar de la Cruz)


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