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MANILA, Philippines -- The remaining ten pesos of the 30-peso wage increase for Metro Manila workers will take effect tomorrow, Nov. 1, Thursday.
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) president Democrito Mendoza said the minimum wage for metro workers would be P456 and P419 for non-agricultural workers and agricultural workers, respectively starting Nov. 1.
The increase was granted following the wage increase petition of P90 of Mendoza for 700,000 Metro Manila workers on March 16, more than a month before the one-year prescribed period for filing of new wage increase took effect.
It was cited by TUCP sources that the basis for the wage increase include the high prices of basic foods, increase in cost of services, tuition fees and liquefied petroleum gas.
Workers in Metro Manila private hospitals with bed capacity of 100 or less, retail/service establishments employing 15 workers or less, manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers will receive P419 per day.
The National Capital Region of the National Wages and Productivity Board turned down the petition saying there is no supervening condition that would warrant the issuance of a new wage order.
However, the wage board conducted a series of public hearing in Taguig, Manila and Quezon cities in determining the exact amount to be increased once the 1-year prescribed period expired on the second week of May 2012.
According to TUCP advocacy officer, Alan Tanjusay, “part of the Wage Order 17 implemented last June, this 10-peso increase is welcome news for minimum wage earners.”
Despite of separate appeal for reconsideration filed by Mendoza and by the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines, the increase will still take effect.
Employers group filed their motion days after Wage Order 17 was released citing the increase was too big while the TUCP filed an appeal citing the increase was too small.
Tanjusay said that a Filipino family of six needs at least 993 pesos every day to live “decent lives”.