The additional cost of living allowance (COLA) for sugar workers in Western Visayas and the wage hike for workers in Boracay Island will be implemented this month, a Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board official said yesterday.
RTWPB labor representative Wennie Sancho said the P5 daily COLA for sugar workers will take effect tomorrow, while the wage hike for Boracay workers will be implemented Jan. 27, or three months after its re-opening.
Sancho said these increases are based on Wage Order No. 24, approved June last year that set the minimum wages in the non-agricultural, commercial, and industrial business establishments at P365, and P295 for the agricultural sector.
The implementation of the COLA for sugar workers will be in time for the milling season.
The wage order has also stipulated that the salary hike for workers in Boracay should be implemented three months after its reopening.
Boracay workers will have the same wage increase with the other provinces in Region 6, including Negros Occidental.
Sancho also said that the implementation of COLA will benefit about 150,000 sugar workers in Western Visayas, adding that the P5 increase daily can at least give them relief.
He said DOLE 6 director Cyril Ticao will come up with an advisory for the business establishments in the region to implement these orders.
“They must implement this as it will serve as an economic relief amid the increasing prices of oil that will later affect the prices of goods and basic commodities,” Sancho said.
Meanwhile, the RTWPB has also said two public hearings for the proposal to increase the salary of kasambahays or household workers will be held on Feb. 26 in Iloilo and Feb. 28 in Bacolod.
Sancho said the hearing aims to deliberate the proposal to hike kasambahay wages in the region by P800 to P1,000 per month.
The current minimum wage of household workers is P3,500 a month, and the labor group is pushing for a P1,000 wage hike, he also said.
The hearing is expected to be attended by employers, labor groups, and kasambahays, he added.*
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