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New wage increase for Northern Mindanao to take effect July 24, 2011

I’m not really sure if this is good news at all. The National Wages and Productivity Commission has announced that effective July 24, 2011, minimum wage earners in Region X (Northern Mindanao) will get an increase in their daily rate in the amount of…*hold your breath*…*drum roll please*…a whopping (yes, I’m being sarcastic) Php 17.00. Yep, that’s seventeen pesos additional per day. That amount is supposed to represent the so-called Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) under Wage RBX-16.

I know what you guys are thinking. Some may think “at least there’s an increase kesa sa wala na lang,” or “that’s not fair! Mindanaoans are very hardworking people and they deserve proper pay…definitely more than just seventeen pesos!” Sad to say, Php 17.00 is not even enough to buy one kilo of rice!

Oh well…what do you think of all these? Please share your thoughts!

Meanwhile, here’s the rest of the announcement released by the NWPC:

Six (6) months thereof, said COLA shall be integrated into their basic pay bringing up the minimum wage level from P242.00-P269.00 to P259.00-P286.00.

For agricultural workers of the Sugar Industry in Northern Mindanao, Supplemental Wage Order No. RX-15A remains effective with “pakyaw” rates indicated in said issuance still applicable.

The new wage hike was published on July 4, 2011.

The Cola is generally not included in computing wage-related benefits such as 13th month pay, overtime pay, night shift differential, and premium pay.

As in previous Wage Orders, domestic/household helpers as well as individuals in the personal service of others (i.e. family drivers) and duly recognized workers of Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) are not covered.

Region X or Northern Mindanao is comprised of: Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, and Misamis Oriental as well as two (2) highly urbanized cities namely Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

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