COTABATO CITY: The minimum wage for workers in private firms in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has been increased by P18 to P250 a day, ARMM Labor Secretary Muslimin Jakilan announced.
Jakilan said the new wage rate (ARMM Wage Order 15) is effective this month pending the endorsement of its implementing rules by the regional leadership.
He said ARMM’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved the new rate in December last year after a series of public consultations across the autonomous region.
The secretary said private firms facing possible closure, small companies employing not more than 10 workers, newly opened business enterprises and those affected by natural calamities may be exempted from this new wage order.
Companies and establishments “that cannot comply with the new order” may file an application for exemption within a 75-day grace period providing that they have met the given criteria, he said.
Jakilan, who also chairs the RTWPB, said the wage board took various criteria into consideration such as the capacity of employers, comparative wages from other regions and the current wage-fixing system under Republic Act 6727 otherwise known as the Wage Rationalization Act.
He is optimistic that this new wage will be a “big help” to workers in ARMM, which is composed of provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, Sulu, Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan.