Regional wage board raises minimum rate in Metro Cebu

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board has raised the minimum salary of workers in Metro Cebu by P13 a day.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the DoLE-RTWPB in Region 7 approved the salary increase from the current P340 to P353. This will take effect immediately.

The regional wage board approved the adjustment in the daily basic wage of minimum wage earners in the private sector in Metro Cebu, including the cities of Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Naga, Carcar, and Danao cities and the municipalities of Compostela, Consolacion, Liloan, Cordova, Minglanilla, and San Fernando.

The increase, however, will not apply to other areas of Cebu Province, Bohol, and Siquijor.

DOLE Regional 7 Director Exequiel Sarcauga said that the wage raise was agreed upon by the wage board to recover the erosion of the workers’ purchasing power amid the increase in the prices of prime goods.

Sarcauga said the P13 increase is in response to the petitions earlier filed by the Alliance of Progressive Labor and Associated Labor Union-TUCP who filed a P145.00 and P92.00 across the board wage increase, respectively.

Sarcauga said that prior to the grant of the wage increase, the Regional Wage Board in Cebu City conducted a series of wage consultations and public hearings.

He added that there was no voting on the P13 increase because it was a consensus among the members.

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