THE current wage levels of Ilocos Region are now being reviewed by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) for possible pay hikes for private workers amid the increasing prices of basic commodities.
RTWPB Lawyer Rio Ariel Soriano said there has been a directive from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for a review of the last wage order.
Soriano said the wage review is being conducted even in the absence of a petition for wage increase from the labor sector in Ilocos region which covers the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
“The basic procedure is that after a year of the last issuance of wage order, there must be a petition from the labor sector for a public hearing on wage increase. But since there was none, the [labor]department initiated one,” he said.
Depending on the type of business, the Philippine Information Agency’s records show that the current daily minimum wage in the region ranges from P205, P223, P244 and P253.
Ilocos Region Director Grace Ursua of DOLE said “the wage review was also in response to the rising costs of basic commodities and workers’ needs.”
The DOLE also stated: “A minimum of 90 days from hearing is given to the regional board to decide on whether or not to increase the minimum wage, in what amount and form, the period includes publication and for counter petition, if any.”