We’re not really sure if this is good news but we guess this is better than nothing at all.
According to the regional office of the National Wages and Productivity Commission, the minimum wage earners in Bukidnon and in the rest of Region X will get an increase in their daily salary in the amount of — *drumroll please* — Php 17.00.
Yes, that’s seventeen pesos!
This wage increase is supposed to take effect on July 24, 2011. The amount of P17.00 is the so-called Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under Wage RBX-16.
According to an announcement released by the NWPC:
Six (6) months thereof, said COLA shall be integrated into their basic pay bringing up the minimum wage level from P242.00-P269.00 to P259.00-P286.00.
For agricultural workers of the Sugar Industry in Northern Mindanao, Supplemental Wage Order No. RX-15A remains effective with “pakyaw” rates indicated in said issuance still applicable.
The statement released by NWPC also said that:
The Cola is generally not included in computing wage-related benefits such as 13th month pay, overtime pay, night shift differential, and premium pay.
As in previous Wage Orders, domestic/household helpers as well as individuals in the personal service of others (i.e. family drivers) and duly recognized workers of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) are not covered.
So the big question now is…IS ANYBODY HAPPY WITH THIS SO-CALLED WAGE INCREASE?
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