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DOLE still waiting for list
of typhoon-hit WV areas

The Department of Labor and Employment in Western Visayas is still waiting for the list of areas badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda in the region to be covered by the six-month moratorium in the implementation of the P10 wage hike.

Labor Regional Director Ponciano Ligutom said they have asked the Office of Civil Defense and local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils for the list, but until yesterday, they have not received it.

Ligutom said the RTWPB will meet again today on the implication of the non-release to the badly-hit areas of super typhoon Yolanda by OCD and DRRMC.

A P10 wage increase was implemented in the region in November 29, 2013. In a letter to DOLE in December 6, however, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas said a moratorium on wage increases should be in place until small and medium enterprises have fully recovered from the calamity.

RTWPB approved the moratorium, but only in the areas, badly hit by the typhoon as identified by OCD and DRRMC.

Before the P10 hike in wages, the daily minimum wage in Western Visayas implemented since May 31, 2012 for non-agriculture/industrial/commercial employing more than 10 workers is P277, and for those employing 10 or less workers, it is P235. For agriculture – plantation workers receive P245 and non-plantation 235 a day.*APN




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