Wage increases in 14 regions take effect this month

14 regional wage boards in the Philippines have already issued wage orders ranging from P30 to P110 in pay increases.

In response to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III's directive to review existing minimum wage rates nationwide, 14 regional wage boards have already issued wage orders granting pay raises ranging from P30 to P110.

Bello thanked the wage boards for resolving the wage adjustment petitions, adding that minimum wage earners, including domestic workers, are expected to benefit from a series of pay hikes across the regions beginning this month and lasting until early next year.

The first wage increase of P33 went into effect in the National Capital Region on Saturday, June 4, raising the minimum wage rate to P570 for non-agriculture workers and P533 for agriculture workers.

The P50-P60 pay increases will be phased over two years in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The region's minimum wage will be P380 beginning June 14, increasing to P400 beginning January 1, 2023. Kasambahay's salary will also rise by P500 to P1,500, bringing the region's new minimum wage to P4,500.

Meanwhile, the new minimum wage rate in the Ilocos Region will range from P372 to P400. Starting June 6, the P60-P90 pay increase will be implemented in two to three tranches. Domestic workers' minimum wage will rise to P5,000 as well.

The new minimum wage of P400-P420 will be implemented in two to three tranches in the Cagayan Valley, with the first tranche taking effect on June 8. Kasambahay will also benefit from the P1,000 pay increase, bringing their monthly minimum wage to P5,000 per month.

Workers in Central Luzon will also benefit from a P40 wage increase, which will be implemented in two tranches across various sectors. The new minimum wage in the region will be P414-P460, while in Aurora province it will be P344-P409.

In Calabarzon, the new minimum wage will range from P390 to P470 in the non-agriculture sector, P350 to P429 in the agriculture sector, and P350 in retail and service establishments employing no more than ten workers.

Meanwhile, MIMAROPA employees will receive a P35 pay increase beginning June 10. The new minimum wage is P329 for establishments with fewer than ten employees and P355 for establishments with ten or more employees. The wage board also approved a P1,000 increase in the monthly wage rate for domestic workers, bringing the region's new minimum wage to P4,500.

The new minimum wage in Bicol will be P365 in all sectors. The P55-pay increase will be phased in over two months, beginning on June 18 and ending on December 1. Kasambahay will also benefit from a P1,000 to P1,500 wage increase, bringing their monthly wage to P4,000.

Visayas' new minimum wage will range from P410 to P450 for private-sector workers and P4,500 for domestic workers in Region 6. The pay increases will go into effect on June 5.

In Region 7, the new minimum range will range from P382 to P435. Kasambahay will also receive a P500 pay increase, bringing their monthly minimum wage to P5,500 in chartered cities and first-class municipalities and P4,500 in other municipalities. The pay increases will go into effect on June 14.

In Mindanao, it will range from 378 to P405 for workers in Region 10. The pay increases will be phased in, with the first tranche of P25 on June 18 and the second tranche of P15-P22 on December 16.

The regional wage board also approved a P500 monthly wage increase for domestic workers, bringing the region's new monthly minimum wage to P4,500 for cities and first-class municipalities and P3,500 for other municipalities.

Meanwhile, in the Davao Region, a P47 pay increase for workers in all sectors will be implemented in two to three tranches beginning June 19.

After the wage tranches are fully implemented, the Davao region's daily minimum wage rates will be P438 in the agriculture sector, P443 in the non-agriculture sector, and P443 for retail/service establishments employing no more than 10 workers. Meanwhile, the Davao region's new monthly wage rate for domestic workers is P4,500.

SOCCSKSARGEN will implement a P32 wage increase in two installments, the first on June 9 and the second on September 1. This brings the region's new minimum wage rate to P368 for non-agriculture establishments and P347 for agriculture/service/retail establishments.

Finally, in Caraga, the new daily minimum wage rate of P350 will be implemented on June 6 in Butuan City and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur, while the wage increase in Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Islands, will be implemented in two tranches–one on June 6 and another on September 1. —iTacloban (Source: DOLE)
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