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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, November 22, 2016
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Wage hike in Neg. Occ.,
Region 6 seen in 2017

Region 6 workers, including those in Negros Occidental, will definitely have a wage increase next year, Wennie Sancho, labor leader and one of the members of the seven-man Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board or RTWPB of Region 6, said yesterday.

At the public hearing on Wage Increase for Domestic Workers held at the Sugar Workers' Development Center in Bacolod City, Sancho said that next year workers in Negros Occidental,and the provinces of Western Visayas will have increases in their salaries.

Sancho said they finished the first deliberation on the petition of the Philippine Agricultural Commercial and Industrial Workers Union yesterday for a proposed wage increase of P111 on top of the current daily wage rate. The board management, however, countered the proposal and made adjustments on the rate and they will conduct another hearing, he added.

“They have lowered the rate to between P15 and P25 and we wanted it to raise it again to P30 at the very least”, he said, adding that in the past the increases were so minimal they could not be felt by the workers.

OIC Regional director Salome Siaton of the Department of Labor Region 6 said they have already gathered all the petitions and position papers from all the provinces in the Western Visayas. There are no petitions for all the provinces in Region 6 for the wage increase but motopropio, the DOLE has to look it over and conduct consultations, she said.

The regional office was about to issue an order for a consultation when they were directed by the Central Office of the National Wages and Productivity Commission to hold a hearing on the petition from Negros Occidental since the province has no regional wage board.Thus, the regional consultations were made.

She said that after the submission of the petitions and the position papers from the provinces in Region 6 the deadline for which ends yesterday, the board will set the deliberation. “”All factors will be considered before a wage order is issued”, she said.

The Board will decide, based on documents, records and statistics of the region, she said, adding that while the Board is doing its share in facilitating everything, itis also looking into the basis.

Meanwhile, Sancho said they are positive on the increase. He said no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself pronounced that all workers should have substantial increases.

He said that the by December 18, the Board will come up with a decision for approval by the NWPC. “Definitely, there will be P30, P20 and P15 increases among the workers of the region, including Negros Occidental” he added.*


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