Regional wage board OKs NCR P21 minimum wage hike

September 15, 2017 - 1:46 PM
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Workers rally for improved minimum wage. Photographed by Ana Relova, News5 | InterAksyon.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board on Friday approved a P21 basic salary hike for minimum-wage and non-organized workers in the National Capital Region.

From the current PhP491, the new applicable minimum wage becomes P512.

The new wage order is expected to take effect next month.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) responded by saying this is “not enough” to support a family in the National Capital Region.

Based on its calculations, the average “living wage” should be pegged at around P1,200, taking into account adequate food, transportation expenses, support for education, some savings and provisions for emergencies and contingencies.

The new wage increment was arrived at after three months, during which the wage board studied the P184 increase that was applied for by the labor sector.

But this increment is to go directly to the base pay of each worker entitled to it.