A member of the House of Representatives defended the Php 25 increase in the daily salary of minimum wage earners in the National Capital Region.
In a statement, Kabalikat ng Mamamayan (KABAYAN) Partylist Rep. Ron Salo said that Php 25 increase will lift some of the financial burden resulting from the inflation since last April.
“If a minimum daily wage earner works 20 days in a month, the Php 25 increase means about Php 500 for the month. Yet, Php 500 is still Php 500 and it helps our workers recover some of the purchasing power consumers lost when inflation rose,” Salo said.
“The wage increase is in addition to the efforts of the government in improving rice supply and greater access of the poor to discounted basic goods,” Salo added.
The congressman also expressed hope that the Regional Tripartite Productivity and Wages Boards (RTWBs) outside NCR will also issue new wage increases for the benefit of workers in the countryside.
Previously, Salo and late KABAYAN Rep. Ciriaco Calalang authored House Bill 7527, also known as the Minimum Wage Act, that seeks to set a natiowide minimum daily wage of Php 600.
“Php 600 is a proposal, not just to our colleagues here in Congress, but also to the wage boards,” Salo said.
Furthermore, the legislator invites the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and RTWBs to recommend measures needed to update and upgrade the powers of the wage boards.
Salo pointed out that Republic Act No. 6727, also known as the Wage Rationalization Act, that created the National Wages and Productivty Commission and RTWPBs was signed on 1989, or about 30 years, and already requires updating in order to make it more responsive to the needs of the labor sector and the employers.
Last Monday, Nov. 5, DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello III and the RTWB – NCR bared the Php 25 minimum wage hike for non – agricultural workers, and the integration of the Php 10 cost of living allowance. This caused the daily minimum wage to go up to Php 537.