By WILLIAM B. DEPASUPIL
The Manila Times Reporter
Minimum-wage earners in Metro Manila will receive a P25 increase in their daily basic salaries once the latest order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in the National Capital Region takes effect next month.
Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas said on Monday that Wage Order NCR-11 will take effect on June 15.
The raise for minimum-wage workers in Metro Manila follows similar orders issued by wage boards in Central Luzon and the Cordillera regions. Both regional wage boards granted a P25 cost-of-living allowance for workers.
The P25 increase in the daily basic wage will bring the total salary of minimum wage-earners in the nonagriculture sector in Metro Manila from P300 a day to P325 a day if the daily P50 emergency cost-of-living allowance granted recently is included.
RP minimum wage higher than rest of Asia
The Department of Labor and Employment defended Monday additional wage increases for minimum income earners in several regions of the country, which placed Filipino workers among the highest paid in Asia
She said the minimum wage in Vietnam is only 78 cents while China is at US$1.56. The Philippines has a P300 (US$5.50) daily minimum wage rate in Metro Manila and P220 (US$4) in Central Visayas.