Good news for workers earning minimum wage in the National Capital Region (NCR), aka Metro Manila. A minimum wage increase is 'possible'by October, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
DOLE-NCR Director Alan Macaraya said that the pay hike may come several months from now since handling wage petition involves a long process.
“We just had the first consultation on the 5th of the month… It’s most likely in October,” he added.
The labor official noted it is only after the second consultation, which is set on Wednesday at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City, that the NCR wage board will deliberate on the salary hike petitions.
“If there are grounds to review, then we will conduct a public hearing,” he explained, adding that after consulting the public, it is when the wage board will decide on amount of increase “should there be any”.
There are currently two wage hike petitions pending before the NCR wage board filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).
The petition filed by the group of Democrito Mendoza last June 5, is asking for an additional P85 while the cluster of former senator Ernesto Herrera filed their petition last June 7, seeking for an P83 salary increase.
Last year, the NCR wage board granted a two-tiered pay adjustment amounting to P20 and P10 in June and in November 2012, respectively.
The current minimum wage in Metro Manila is P 456. Philippine News Agency (PNA)
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