A total of 682,117 minimum wage earners in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and SOCCSKSARGEN will receive wage increases.
This after the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) affirmed the wage orders submitted by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) in the said regions.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the RTWPB in Region 2 issued Wage Order No. RTWPB 2-22 on 21 September 2023, providing a P30 increase.
Once the two-tranche wage adjustment takes full effect, the new daily minimum wage rate for Cagayan Valley will be P450 for non-agriculture and P430 for agriculture establishments.
The RTWPB-Region 2 also issued Wage Order No. 02-DW-05 granting a monthly increase of P500 for domestic workers bringing their monthly wage rate to P5,500.
For Region 3, its wage board issued Wage Order No. RBIII-24 on 19 September 2023, granting a P40 increase.
Under the new wage order, the daily minimum wage rates for the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will range from P454 to P500.
Meanwhile, the new daily minimum wage rate for those living in the province of Aurora will range from P384 to P449.
In SOCCSKSARGEN, its RTWPB issued Wage Order No. RB XII-23 on 21 September 2023 granting a P35 increase.
The two-tranche increase will raise the daily minimum wage rates in the region to P382 to P403.
RTWPB-Region 12 also released Wage Order No. RB XII-DW-04, granting a P500 monthly wage increase for domestic workers.
It will bring the new monthly minimum wage rates for domestic workers in the region to P4,500 to P5,000.
“All wage orders will be published on 30 September 2023, and shall take effect after 15 days or on 16 October 2023,” said the labor department.
DOLE added retail/service establishments that regularly employ not more than 10 workers and enterprises may apply for wage increase exemptions.