Workers in Calabarzon to get Labor Day ‘gift’

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Friday, April 25, 2014

WHILE the rest of the country awaits a possible Labor Day gift from the government, workers in Calabarzon are assured to have one as the latest wage order is already set to take effect on May 1.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said Wage Order No. IVA-16 is already set to take effect on May 1 with workers receiving minimum wage of less than P267.00 being entitled to get additional P12.00 in basic pay.

"The decision to adjust minimum wages of workers in Calabarzon was based on the Board's assessment of the region’s socio-economic conditions, such as regional domestic output; net employment; and poverty incidence," said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

The wage order provides that the additional P12.00 in basic pay shall be given in two to three tranches beginning May 1 until December 2016.

For Agriculture (Non-Plantation and Plantation) and Non-Agriculture workers receiving less than P267.00 per day, it will be P6.00 a day per tranche while Retail/Service Establishments employing not more than 10 workers will get P4.00 per day per tranche.

"By 2016, the lowest minimum wage will be P267.00 as a result of the increases granted for those receiving below P267.00 in tranches," said the labor chief.

On the other hand, the wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Region IV-A (RTWPB-Calabarzon) also provides for a P13.00 per day socioeconomic allowance (SEA) for workers receiving more than P267.00 but not over P349.50 per day.

"Once the new wage order takes effect completely, the highest minimum wage in the region will be P362.50," Baldoz said.

To note, the SEA shall be included in the payment of holiday pay and separation pay but excluded in the payment of overtime pay, premium pay, nightshift differential, 13th month pay, and retirement pay.

The payment of the SEA also follows the "no-work, no-SEA" policy.

The new wage order, Baldoz stressed, shall apply to all minimum wage workers and employees in private establishments regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment and method of payment of their wages.

It also applies to all workers paid by result, including those paid on piece work, takay, pakyaw, or task basis, and to seasonal or temporary workers, but not to domestic workers, persons in the personal service of another, including family drivers, and workers of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises.

Calabarzon includes the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and the cities of Cavite, Tagaytay, Trece Martirez, Calamba, San Pablo, Lipa, Tanauan, Antipolo, and Lucena. (HDT/Sunnex)

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