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P10 pay hike still in effect

The P10 wage hike will take effect in the Western Visayas as the Office of Civil Defense and local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils have failed to submit the list of the areas badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda.

Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom of the Department of Labor and Employment said the members of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board have agreed that the wage order will be implemented.

Ligutom said they will only implement the six-month moratorium on the wage order when the OCD has submitted the list of areas affected by the storm to be covered by the moratorium.

He said they will finalize the guidelines of the wage order so it can be implemented immediately.

Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, one of the groups in Western Visayas that had sought the moratorium, said they will follow up the list with the OCD so the moratorium on the wage hike can be implemented in the affected areas.

In November 29, last year, RTWPB approved the P10 wage increase but the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas opposed it, saying a moratorium on wage increases should be in place until small and medium enterprises have fully recovered from the calamity.

The daily minimum wage in Western Visayas that has been implemented since 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. Agriculture–plantation workers receive P245 and non-plantation 235 a day.*APN

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