The minimum wage has increased in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Western Visayas by Php33. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) stated that this increase will more likely protect around a million minimum wage earners from private establishments in NCR because of their low pay. However, several labor groups argue that it is still not enough.

Metro Manila’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board issued Order No. NCR-23, revealing the wage increase for NCR to Php570 for non-agricultural sectors and Php533 for agricultural sectors.

The board evaluated the recovery of the buying power of employees in light of the growing costs of essential goods, commodities, and fuel.

In the meantime, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Western Visayas issued Order No. RBVI-26, granting salary increases of Php55 and Php110 to workers in the agricultural, industrial, and commercial sectors.

The increases boost the daily minimum wage in the region to Php450 for enterprises with 11 or more employees and Php420 for businesses with 10 or fewer employees.

The wage increase in Western Visayas and NCR will be effective 15 days after the issuance of the order.

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