The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board of region 10 has finalized Wage Order (WO) No. RX-15 increasing the wages of the daily workers in Northern Mindanao.

These adjustments include the incorporation of the Php12.00 daily cost of living allowance granted under WO#RX-14 to the daily minimum wage of workers in the region effective Aug. 16, 2010, after which an increase of Php13.00 in their daily wages will be effective Oct. 1, this year.

This move of RTWPB answers the petition filed by the Associated Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) dated March 4, this year, asking for a Php75.00 per day across the board increase in wages, Atty. Alan M. Macaraya, Regional Director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and RTWPB-10 chairperson, said.

“We realize the socio-economic situation prevailing in the region and the need for adjusting the wages of our workers, so we had to conduct consultations with both the labor and the management sectors to be fair,” said Macaraya who signed WO#RX-15 on July 26, with six (6) other RTWPB members:

Jose B. Ares of ALU-TUCP and Engr. Milbert M. Macarambon, All Workers Alliance Trade Union (AWATU)-TUCP, labor sector representatives; Arsenio L. Sebastian III, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industries Foundation, Inc. (OroChamber) and Rev. Prudencio T. Plaza, Jr., Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Industries (COCI), management sector representatives.

Engr. Leon M. Dacanay, Jr. and Alice V. Eusena, Regional Directors of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), region 10, respectively, government sector representatives.

Thus, starting Aug. 16, 2010, the new minimum daily wage rates under WO#RX-15 in the region will be: For non-agricultural classification – Php256 for Category I, Php251 for Category II, Php246 for Category III and Php241 for Category IV and for agricultural classification is Php244 for Category I, Php239 for Category II, Php234 for Category III and Php229 for Category IV.

Again, starting Oct. 1, 2010, the minimum daily wage rates will be increased as follows: For non-agricultural classification – Php269 for Category I, Php264 for Category II, Php259 for Category III and Php254 for Category IV and for agricultural classification is Php257 for Category I, Php252 for Category II, Php247 for Category III and Php242 for Category IV.

Classified under Wage Category I are the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and the towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan in Misamis Oriental while under Wage Category II are the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia in Bukidnon, Gingoog and El Salvador in Mis. Or. and the towns of Maramag, Quezon and Manolo Fortich, also of Bukidnon.

Classified under Wage Category III are the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub in Misamis Occidental, the towns of Lugait and Opol in Mis. Or. and Mambajao in Camiguin, Wage Category IV, the other areas not covered under Categories I-III while Wage Category V, include the sugar agricultural industry. (PIA 10)

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