RTWPBRegional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (Philippines)
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CaA~ete, who also chairs the RTWPB, said the board has already received the PACIWU petition and will wait for other labor groups and stakeholders, like employers groups, to file theirs.
Gonzales said the result of consultations will determine the next possible action of the RTWPB in terms of whether new wage adjustments need to be done.
In Cebu province, private sector workers in Metro Cebu will enjoy a P13 increase in minimum wage after the RTWPB in Central Visayas (RTWPB 7) on Monday agreed to adjust the wage rate.
Guzman and RTWPB Secretary Augusto Aquillo are making the rounds in CAR provinces to conduct said orientation.
After considering the series of consultations and public hearing, and the position submitted by labor and management groups, including assessment of the socio-economic conditions vis-a-vis the competitiveness and development of the region, the RTWPB found it imperative to provide the additional P12 adjustment in the minimum wage to augment the income of workers without significantly affecting business' viability and sustainability.
RTWPB is an attached agency of DOLE mandated to prescribe minimum wage rates for all private enterprise workers in the region and promote productivity improvement programs.
The RTWPB in the Mimaropa region has approved Wage Order No.
Gutib said, the RTWPB 12 decided on the increase based on the petition by labor sector groups led by the Trade Union of the Philippines (TUCP) as well as on the results of the review of the poverty threshold and consumer price index in the region.
Unfortunately, the RTWPB is not mandated to set across-the-board wage increases.
While the effective labor cost to employers of the new wage order will increase, Baldoz said this will only be slight and that the RTWPB has already factored this in its decision to increase the regional minimum wage.
Jose Tumongha, chairman of the Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL), said labor leaders in Cebu decided not to file a motion for reconsideration at the RTWPB 7 because, as he said, the labor groups have "lost trust and confidence on the wage board.
According to RTWPB Chair and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region VI Director Ponciano Ligutom, the wage adjustment is for floor wage or minimum wage earners only.