FORMER Defense secretary Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro on Wednesday said he would push to further devolve the tripartite wages and productivity board from regional to provincial or even down to the city level.

The former Tarlac congressman said the power of setting the minimum wage should be delegated to provincial or city level since a regional board setup has an extensive scope.

"Dapat province-wide o ibaba pa. Pag-aralan natin kasi iyong regional wage board, medyo malaki na. 'Di ba malaki na ang scope — ang development sa isang region hindi pantay-pantay (It should be province-wide or even lower. Let's review because the regional wage board is quite big. The scope is big — the development in one region is not equal)," he said in a radio interview with DYLA AM Cebu.

Teodoro, who is seeking a Senate post, cited the situation in Central Luzon where there are special economic zones where companies can afford to pay higher than the set regional wage.

He pointed out that a legislated across-the-board minimum wage is less flexible, as amendments to the law will be needed to increase the minimum wage.

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"For me the tripartite system is the best system we know for setting wages. Naka-represent ang labor, ang management at nandiyan ang gobyerno as final arbiter," he said.