P2-P90 wage increase for Region 4A workers

by Aleta Nieva-Nishimori, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Apr 27 2012 01:32 PM | Updated as of Apr 28 2012 03:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Minimum wage earners in Region 4A or Southern Tagalog will receive a P2 to P90 wage increase.

“Mainit na mainit pa ito. Ngayon lang pipirmahan ni secretary yung implementing rules,” Executive Director Ciriaco Lagunzad III of the National Wages and Productivity Commission under the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) told dzMM on Friday morning.

Lagunzad said workers, particularly those employed in industrial zones in Laguna, Cavite and Batangas, will benefit from the wage increase.

“Ang ideya, yung mga maliliit medyo malaki-laki ang increase para humabol doon sa mga ibang wage level. Malaking bagay ito.

“Saka mayroon silang tinatawag na productivity-based allowance, mayroon silang P12.50. Yung mga tumatanggap ng P250 pataas hanggang P337 may karagdagan na P12.50 pa. Malawak ang naibigay ng Region 4, may basic pay increase at mayroon din productivity allowance,” he said.

Aside from Region 4A, Lagunzad said there will also be minimum wage rates increase for workers in five other regions namely Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), Region 5 (Bicol), Region 6 (Western Visayas), Region 11 (Davao) and Region 12 (Soccsksargen).

“Iba-iba ang effectivity date. Mayroong mas maaga, mayroon magiging effective sa susunod na mga araw. Pero nagpasya na po ang lima na regional board na magbigay ng umento,” he said.

He also explained that they received word that workers in the National Capital Region will soon enjoy a wage increase before the end of May.

“Bagamat ang inaabangan talaga natin yung NCR, kami po ay nabigyan ng information na bago magtapos ang Mayo mayroong umento sa NCR abang-abangan na lang natin,” said Lagunzad. -- With DZMM