“Kelangan din malaman ang kakayahan ng employers”: Php 100-200 increase in minimum wage to be implemented within a month says Bello

File photo of DOLE Secretary and chief government peace negotiator Silvestre Bello III

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that they are aware with the rampant surge in the price of basic commodities in the country and the plea of various groups for an increase in the worker’s minimum wage.

In an interview with dzRH’s “Isyu”, DOLE Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III disclosed that the government is preparing for a Php 100 – 200 increase for the minimum wage earners that might take place either in June or July this year. He refused to say whether or not it would amount to P750 per day as proposed by some lawmakers and party-lists.

However, Bello addressed that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board nationwide should conduct an intent assessment in their current economic situation and submit to DOLE the proposed ‘wage adjustment papers’ of every region. He also slammed the claims that the increase in the minimum wage should come from their department, saying that they have no power over it and the Congress should be the one administering it.

We are still waiting for their recommendations before we make an action in the wage increase they are asking”, Bello said. He also clarified several issues surfacing that they are against the wage increase by saying that they are concerned with all the Filipino workers yet justified that the act should undergo a thorough study before anything else.

DOLE still needs to analyze the participating factors concerning the plea in the wage increase, likewise the effect of the inflation rate, the prices of the basic commodities, and the capability of employers to keep up once the increase takes place.

“There will be a Php 100-200 increase in the minimum wage earners. Yet, we will take note not just the needs of the employees but also the capacity of the employer themselves”, Bello said during the interview. He also said that increase will only have minimal influence from the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law.

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