Wage Hike Approved in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and SOCCSKSARGEN
Workers in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and SOCCSKSARGEN can look forward to increased minimum wages, approved by regional wage boards, with the changes set to take effect in the coming month.
Private sector workers in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and SOCCSKSARGEN will see higher daily minimum wages next month, following approvals by their respective wage boards. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) confirmed this move after the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) gave the green light on September 26, 2023, to wage orders submitted by Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs).
Approximately 682,117 minimum wage earners in Regions II, III, and XII are expected to benefit, with potential indirect benefits for 1.5 million full-time wage and salary workers. These wage orders will be published on September 30, 2023, taking effect on October 16, 2023.
In parallel efforts, the RTWPBs in Cagayan Valley and SOCCSKSARGEN also issued wage orders for domestic workers, benefiting a total of 75,853 individuals.
Wage Order No. RTWPB 2-22, effective September 21, 2023, includes a P30 minimum wage increase, divided into two tranches.
Wage Order No. RBIII-24, issued on September 19, 2023, grants a P40 wage hike for various worker categories.
Wage Order No. RB XII-23, effective September 21, 2023, grants a P35 minimum wage increase in two tranches.
These adjustments comply with Republic Act No. 6727, the Wage Rationalization Act. Boards, representing the government, management, and labor, conducted hearings and deliberations.
Some exemptions apply based on enterprise size and disaster impact. BMBEs, per Republic Act No. 9178 (2002), are not covered by minimum wage regulations.
In our rapidly changing economy, these wage hikes aim to provide support and stability for workers while adhering to relevant regulations and criteria.