Minimum wage in
EV ‘may’ increase, consultations ongoing
June 26, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Region
VIII, in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment
Regional Office VIII, will now be on its fourth leg of public
consultations on the minimum wage issue after successfully
conducting three consultations in Ormoc City, Maasin City and Naval,
Biliran in the past three months.
In a press conference
conducted last June 18, 2019 during the Kalayaan Jobs and Business
Fair in Catbalogan City, DOLE Regional Office VIII Director Yahya A.
Centi, who chairs the RTWPB VIII, clarified that there is no final
and official say yet as to the issuance of a new wage order for
“We cannot tell yet as of
now, but maybe, depending on the results of the consultations, our
workers here in Eastern Visayas may get wage increase this year”,
said Director Centi.
Last June 17, 2019, the
third public consultation was held at Fragoch Tourist Inn in Naval,
attended by close to forty (40) participants representing the labor
and management sector in the province of Biliran.
Prior to the workshop and
open forum which are the highlights of the activity, important
topics were first tackled to shed light to participants relative to
the minimum wage issue.
Director Celerina Bato of
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) presented updates on the
prices of basic good commodities and its suggested retail price
while Director Meylene Rosales of National Economic Development
Authority (NEDA) reported the latest economic condition of the
The next series of public
consultations are set in Calbayog City on July 1, 2019, in Catarman,
Northern Samar on July 2 and in Borongan City on July 5.
A year ago, last June 25,
2018, the existing Wage Order No. RB VIII-20 has been issued
increasing the minimum wage from P285.00 to P305.00.