Region 10 workers get pay hike

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd. File Photo

THE Department of Labor and Employment on Monday announced that its Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) has approved a minimum wage hike in Region 10 (Northern Mindanao).

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said minimum wage earners and domestic workers in the region will benefit from the wage increase.

In Wage Order RX-10, the RTWPB Northern Mindanao granted a pay hike of P25 upon its effectivity date and another P15 to P22 effective Dec. 16, 2022.

Bello said that the previous wage order for workers in private establishments took effect on Nov. 1, 2018, while the wage order for domestic workers took effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

He explained that the new minimum wage rates in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Malaybalay, Valencia, Gingoog, El Salvador, and Ozamis and the municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Opol, Maramag, Quezon, Manolo Fortich, and Lugait are P405 for the non-agriculture sector and P393 for the agriculture sector after implementation of the wage tranches.

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Meanwhile, in the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub and the municipalities of Laguindingan, Mambajao, Balingasag, and all other areas, including retail and service establishments employing not more than ten workers, the new minimum wage rates are P390 for the non-agriculture sector and P378 for the agriculture sector.

A monthly wage increase of P500 was also granted for domestic workers bringing the new monthly minimum wage rate in the region to P4,500 for cities and first-class municipalities and P3,500 for other municipalities.

“The issued wage orders will be submitted to the National Wages and Productivity Commission for its review,” Bello said.

It will take effect 15 days after publication in a newspaper with general circulation.

The wage adjustments are expected to benefit around 152,924 workers in private establishments and 54,851 domestic workers.