January 7th 2020
From P338, the Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved the implementation of P18 wage increase to peg the minimum wage for private sector workers and employees other than in Tagbilaran to P356.00.
For Tagbilaran City, which falls under the RTWPB Class B, from P338, the board has approved the P28 increase to nail the minimum wage to P366.
The RTWPB, invoking Republic Act 6727, however, said household or domestic workers, persons in personal service of another, and workers of establishments registered under the Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBE) with valid Certificates of Authority are not covered by the provisions of Wage Order No ROVII-22, which was signed Nov. 26, 2019.
CALLING THEN FOR A MORATORIUM. Former Bohol Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Engr Albert Uy proposed a moratorium for the P338 in October, but the RTWPB decided to implement an P18 increase bringing the minimum wage here to P356. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)
The same wage order mandating the increase in the existing minimum wage rates in Central Visayas came as a result of the periodic and continuous review of the socio-economic conditions in the region.
It also took into consideration the issues raised during the earlier conducted public hearings and position papers submitted by stakeholders, RTWPB said.
It may be recalled that Republic Act 6727 or the Wages Rationalization Act of 1989 mandated the creation of the RTWPB to determine and fix the minimum wages of private sector workers in the region.
Six days after the Wage Order No. 21 lapsed, or on Aug. 9, 2019, Cebu Labor Coalition, Lonbisco Employees Union, Metaphil Workers Union, and Union Bank Employees Association filed a petition for P341.75 across-the-board daily wage adjustment.
The board used the petition to conduct public hearings in Dumaguete City, Cebu City, Bogo City, and Tagbilaran City to determine the necessity of the pay increase.