Minimum wages go up in Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – Starting Sunday, May 1, workers in Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon will get pay increases as minimum wage rates are hiked.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced the pay increase a week ahead of International Labor Day.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the minimum wage in Cagayan Valley is now set to P264 to P300 per day, effective in the provinces of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino. This is up P45 from the previous rate of P219-255.

This is the first pay increase in Cagayan Valley in two years, according to Baldoz The move was approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board on April 22.

DOLE-Cagayan Valley Head Pacifico Moralit said the pay hike was the highest increase the region in over two decades.

"Ito ang pinakamalaking wage increase sa loob ng dalawang dekada kaya’t  dapat itong sundin ng mga private employers,” Moralit said, adding that the agricultural, non-agricultural, retail and other business sectors are covered by the wage increase.

(This is the highest wage increase in two decades hence private employers should abide by it.)

Workers from the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, all in Central Luzon, will also receive a P7 wage increase.

This is the second tranche of the P15-wage increase approved in December 2015. The first tranche was given on January 1.

Meanwhile, the province of Aurora will see the minimum wage there go up by P10, the second tranche of the P20 wage increase implemented in December. 

"All minimum wages in the country will, thus, be higher than the poverty threshold, making us achieve the target we have set under the minimum wage reform of the President Aquino III Administration," Baldoz said. – Rappler.com