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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Ninety (90) employers and employee representatives from the private sector in the province of Kalinga attended an orientation on the new wage orders in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Regional Tripartite and Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB).

DOLE-CAR OIC Regional Director and RTWPB-CAR Chairman Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said Wage Orders RB-CAR-18 and CAR-DW-02 increasing the minimum wage rates of the formal sector and domestic workers, respectively are already in effect.

Wage Order RB-CAR-18 approved by Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB)  on April 26 took effect  last  June 5  while Wage Order CAR-DW-02 which was  approved last  April 19 took effect last  May 8.

The minimum wage level for all industries employing 11 or more in Cordillera is now P300 in Baguio City and La Trinidad; P290 in Tabuk City, Bangued, Abra; Bontoc, Mountain Province; Lagawe and Banaue, Ifugao; Buguias and Tublay in Benguet; Bauko and Sagada in Mountain Province, and P280 in other areas in the region.

Approved wage level in industries employing 10 or less is P285 in Baguio City and La Trinidad; P280 in Tabuk City, Bangued, Bontoc, Lagawe, Banaue, Bugiuas, Bauko, Sagada and Tublay;  and P270 in other areas. The daily minimum wage rate is computed from basic salary + uniform P15 cost of living allowance.

Meanwhile, the RTWPB pegged the minimum wage of domestic workers to P3,000 a month in cities and first-class municipalities and P2,500 in other municipalities.

Guzman said they considered the workers’ family goal to live, capacity of employers, and establishment of industrial peace as bases for the new wage order adding that the minimum wage is an incentive to both parties. Together with RTWPB secretary Augusto Aquillo, RD Guzman are making the rounds in the provinces to conduct the orientation.

END/Patrick Rillorta with reports from DOLE Kalinga



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