Koronadal City- Daily minimum wage earners in the private sector of Region XII will soon receive a wage increase in their daily basic pay amounting to P 25.00 daily which shall be given in two tranches.  The wage increases are provided by Wage Order No. RB XII-21 that was unanimously approved on 16 December 2019 by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) XII.   DOLE XII Director Sisinio B. Cano, who is the Chairman of the RTWPB XII, said that the decision was done motu propio by the Board after determining the need to provide workers with immediate relief measures to enable them cope-up with the rising cost of living considering that the last wage adjustment was made 19 months ago or way back in May 2018.

Under the new wage order, all workers in Region XII who are receiving the daily minimum wage rate will get an increase in their daily minimum basic pay of P15.00 upon the effectivity of the Wage Order and another P10.00 effective 01 May 2020.

Director Cano explained that the new Wage Order will take effect fifteen days after its publication in a newspaper.  “Hence, workers in the Non-Agriculture Sector shall be paid P326.00 pesos upon the effectivity of the wage order and P336.00 effective May 1, 2019 while workers in the Agriculture/Retail/Service sector shall be paid P305.00 upon the effectivity of the Order and P315.00 effective May 1, 2020”, he said.

Board Secretary Jessie Dela Cruz added that the wage rates prescribed under the wage order shall apply to all minimum wage workers in the private sector in Region XII regardless of their position, designation or status of employment, and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid. Dela Cruz said that exemptions from compliance with the new wage order maybe granted to Retail/Service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers and those establishments affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters.

Secretary Dela Cruz said that Cotabato City is no longer covered by Wage Order No. RB XII – 21 after the city becomes part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) pursuant to Republic Act No. 11054.

The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) has already affirmed the new wage order and is deemed effective 15-days after its publication to local newspaper. End/RAGardose