Labor Director for Region 6, Ponciano Ligutom, yesterday said a hearing on the wage hike petitions of workers in Western Visayas will be held on September 30 in Bacolod City.
Ligutom said they will also hold a consultation with the members of the tourism, business process outsourcing firms, trade and service and sugar sectors on the impending increase in wages.
If all parties agree to the pay hike petition, it will be implemented before the year ends, he said.
The Philippine Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Workers’ Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines filed in May a petition for an increase of P113.57 for industrial and commercial laborers in the region.
The same petition sought an adjustment of P100.45 for laborers in 24-hectare plantations and P96.35 for those working in plantations less than 24 hectares.
Non-agriculture, industrial and commercial workers in the region currently receives P235 to P277 daily based on the wage order issued in March last year, which granted a 12 increase.
Agriculture sector workers get P235 to 245 daily.
The National Productivity Council has already resolved that the wage hike in Western Visayas would be given in a two-tiered manner, which workers have opposed.*APN