THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) has approved a P13 wage increase for minimum wage earners in Metro Cebu, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
“The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region 7 issued Wage Order RB VII-19. From the current P340, minimum wage will become P353 when the wage order takes effect,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz disclosed on Friday.
Covered by the P13 minimum wage adjustment are private workers in Metro Cebu including the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Naga, Carcar, Danao and the municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Liloan, Cordova, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.
The increase, however, will not apply to other areas of Cebu Province, Bohol, Siquijor, the rest of Cebu provinces and other parts of Region 7.
DOLE Region 7 Director Exequiel R. Sarcauga said that the amount was agreed upon by the wage board to recover the erosion of the workers’ purchasing power amid the increase in the prices of prime goods.
Sarcauga said the P13 increase was also in response to the petitions earlier filed by the Alliance of Progressive Labor and Associated Labor Union-TUCP seeking a P145.00 and P92.00 across the board wage increase, respectively.
The DOLE regional director also reported, prior to the grant of the wage increase, that the Regional Wage Board in Cebu City conducted a series of wage consultations and public hearings.
He added that there was no voting on the P13 increase because it was a consensus among the members.
The board members include Department of Trade and Industry Regional Office No. 7 (DTI 7) Director Asteria Caberte, National Economic and Development Authority Regional Office No. 7 (NEDA 7) Director Efren Carreon; employers’ representatives Hidelito Pascual and Philip Tan; and labor representatives Jose Tomungha and Ernesto Carreon.