RTWPB-CAR conducts wage orientations in region

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BAGUIO CITY  – Employees and employers regionwide will have the chance to clarify issues and concerns arising from the pertinent provisions of Wage Order No. RBCAR No. 18-2017 and Wage Order No. DW-CAR-02-2017 which increased the daily minimum wage of workers in the private sector and the monthly minimum wage of domestic workers.

Augusto Aquillo, RTWPB-CAR board secretary, said the wage orientations will serve as a venue where employees and employers can raise their issues and concerns and be clarified with the newly promulgated wage orders to prevent confusion in the application of the orders to the daily wage earners and domestic workers regionwide.

The wage orientation in Abra will be held on June 19, 2017 in the capital town of Bangued, followed by Apayao on June 20 in Luna; Kalinga on June 21, 2017 in Tabuk City and Ifugao on June 22, 2017 in Lagawe.

Earlier, the wage orientation for employees and employers in Baguio and Benguet were held last Tuesday at the Hotel Supreme where hundreds of employers and workers were briefed on the pertinent provisions of the two wage orders.

It will be recalled the RTWPB-CAR promulgated Wage Order No. DW-CAR-02,2017 which fixed the monthly minimum wage of domestic workers in cities and first-class municipalities from P2,500 to P3,000 and in other municipalities in the region from P2,000 to P2,500.

On the other hand, the RTWPB-Car promulgated Wage Order No. RBCAR-18-2017 that fixed the minimum wage in various sectors and locations in the region which took effect last June 5.

Workers in Tabuk City received the highest daily wage increase at P25 wherein P10 was included in their previous basic pay of P265 plus an additional P15 in their cost of living allowance (COLA) which made the new daily wage P290 for all industries employing 11 or more workers. While those employed in industries having 10 workers and below will be receive a P280 daily wage with the P10 added basic pay and P15 COLA from their previous P255 daily pay.

Under Wage Order No. RB-CAR No. 18, workers in industries employing 11 workers or more in Baguio and La Trinidad receive P300 daily wage from the previous P285 while those in industries employing 10 or less workers in the same area receive P285 daily wage from the previous P270.

For those in industries employing 11 or more workers in Tabuk City, Bangued, Abra, Bontoc, Mountain Province, Lagawe and Banaue in Ifugao, Buguias and Tublay in Benguet, and Bauko and Sagada in Mountain Province, the daily minimum wage will be P290 from the previous P275 while those in industries with 10 or less workers located in the same areas will have a daily wage of P280 from the previous P265 daily wage.

The wage order also fixed the daily wage in other areas in the region at P280 for those employed in industries having 11 or more workers from the previous P265 and P270 daily wage for those in industries having 10 workers and below from the previous P255 daily wage.

By HENT

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