Labor groups seek wage hike for Central Visayas

MANILA, Philippines – There are two petitions for an across-the-board daily wage increase for Central Visayas, announced the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Sunday, April 8.

The DOLE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Cebu said the following labor groups filed a petition for a P155.80 wage hike:

Another group, the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), filed a separate petition for a P120 wage hike.

DOLE Central Visayas Director Cyril Ticao said the two petitions must first be presented to the RTWPB in public hearings.

Four public hearings have been scheduled:

"Wage fixing is done on a regular basis to ensure that the welfare of those in the vulnerable sector is protected. The task now of the Board is to balance the interest of labor and management," Ticao was quoted as saying.

DOLE said anyone against the wage hike petitions should file their opposition during or before the public hearings.

"Interested parties could ask for a copy of the petitions filed and may examine the contents therein and other related pertinent records at the office of the RTWPB during business hours," Ticao said.

The last wage order for Central Visayas took effect more than a year ago, on March 10, 2017.

Under Wage Order No. 20, this is the minimum wage structure: