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WV gets P10 wage hike

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board yesterday approved unanimously a P10 wage increase for the Western Visayas, Ponciano Ligutom, RTWPB chairman and labor regional director, said.

Along with the new Wage Order No. 21, the RTWPB will also issue a corresponding advisory on the second tier, or the performance-based pay that will provide guidelines for private establishments on the range of productivity bonuses and incentives that an enterprise may provide, based on agreements between workers and employers, Ligutom said.

The advisory on the second tier will be based on consultations with management and labor, he also said.

The RTWPB 6 issued the wage increase of P10 after a series of consultations and hearings following a petition filed in May by the Philippine Agricultural, Commercial, and Industrial Workers' Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines.

The PACIWU-TUCP asked for an increase to the present WV wages by P113.57 for commercial and industrial workers, P100.45 for workers in plantations with more than 24 hectares, and P96.35 for workers in plantations with less than 24 hectares.

The present daily minimum wage in Western Visayas implemented on May 31, 2012 for non-agriculture/industrial/commercial employing more than 10 workers is P277 and for those employing 10 or less workers it is P235.

For agriculture – plantation workers receive P245 and non plantation 235 a day.

Region VI covers the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental, including their respective component cities and the highly urbanized cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.

Ligutom said the P10 increase was the most viable amount for all sectors based on variables such capacity management to pay, the need of the workers and the development needs of the region.

Wennie Sancho, labor representative on the RTWPB 6, said he voted for the approval of the P10 increase with reservations.

He said the P10 increase is inadequate, but, on the other hand, it will benefit 172,000 workers in Region 6 and about 12,000 workers in Negros Occidental haciendas, especially those who are unorganized and do not have unions to press for collective bargaining agreements.

The two labor representatives are also outnumbered on the wage board, Sancho said so the P10 increase would prevail.

He said the Wage Order No. 21 is expected to take effect in the latter half of November after it is published in a newspaper of regional circulation.*CPG



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