Friday, June 30, 2006

Wage boards in other regions wrapping up deliberations, hearings; set to issue WO soon

Following the issuance of a new wage order in the National Capital Region, other Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) across the country are set to follow suit as they are currently in the process of wrapping up their deliberations and public hearings.

Acting Labor and Employment Secretary Danilo P. Cruz said on Wednesday that after conducting public hearings, the wage boards will meticulously study the recommendations of both employer and labor sectors.

Under the law, a wage hike petition must go through a public hearing and deliberation by a seven-man regional wage board composed of two representatives each from labor and business, and three from the government.

Undersecretary for Labor Standards Romeo C. Lagman said that those regional wage boards which did not receive wage petitions, have also been conducting their public hearings for subsequent issuance of new wage orders.

"They do it 'motu propio' or even in the absence of any petition which they have been doing since the wage boards were created in 1989 under the Wage Rationalization Act," Lagman said.

Meanwhile, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) Officer-in-Charge Rebecca Calzado reported that the schedule of public hearings in various regions are as follows: Zamboanga (Region 9), June 27, 28 and 29; Southern Mindanao (Region 11), June 30; Ilocos Region (Region I), July 3, 4, 6, and 7; Eastern Visayas (Region 8), July 4; and Calabarzon and Western Visayas, July 5.

Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Visayas (Region VII) and Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao are on July 6; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), July 7; Bicol Region (Region 5), July 10 and Central Luzon (Region 3), July 13.

All labor groups, business groups, government officials are invited to attend these public consultations, Cazado said.

source: DOLE Information and Publication Service

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