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Pay hikes take effect in all PH regions this June: DOLE

Private sector workers in all 16 regions of the country will have their salaries hiked following the issuance of orders by their respective regional wage boards which would all take effect this June, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said day.

In a news release, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the wage orders that will be effective before the end of June are in Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Calabarzon, and Caraga.

The P35 wage hike in the Zamboanga Peninsula will take effect on June 25 while the P50 pay hike in Eastern Visayas will take effect on June 27.

Starting June 30, wage hikes will also take effect in Calabarzon and Caraga, where the monthly minimum wage will be P4,000.

The new minimum wage rates in Eastern Visayas will be P345 to P375 and P338 to P351 in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the minimum wage of P350 to P470 for Calabarzon.

Meanwhile, the new minimum wage of P533-P570 in the National Capital Region (NCR) took effect on June 4, followed by Western Visayas, where the minimum wage of P410 to P450 took effect on June 5, and the Ilocos and Caraga Regions where the minimum wage of P372 to P400 and P350, respectively, took effect on June 6.

The other regions where workers were granted a higher minimum wage are Cagayan Valley (P400 to P420) effective June 8; Soccsksargen (P347 to P368) effective June 9; Mimaropa (P329 to P355) effective June 10; and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) with P400 and Central Visayas (P382 to P435) effective June 14.

Pay hikes were also granted in Bicol Region and Northern Mindanao, with the new minimum wage of P365 and P378 to P405, respectively, effective June 18; Davao Region, (P438 to P443) effective June 19; and Central Luzon (P344 to P460) starting June 20.

Meanwhile, domestic workers (kasambahay) in 13 regions are also set to benefit from higher wages this month.

The new monthly minimum wage of P4,500 in Western Visayas took effect on June 5; followed by the Ilocos Region, where the P5,000 minimum wage took effect on June 6; in Cagayan Valley, where the new minimum wage of P5,000 took effect on June 8; and Mimaropa, where the P4,500 new minimum wage took effect on June 10.

In CAR and Central Visayas, the minimum wage of P4,500 and P4,500 to P5,500, respectively, both took effect on June 14, while the minimum wage of P4,000 in the Bicol Region and P3,500 to P4,500 in Northern Mindanao will begin on June 18.

Also include in the pay hikes are Central Luzon and Davao Region, where the monthly minimum wage for domestic workers will be P4,500-P5,000 and P4,500, respectively, effective June 20; the Zamboanga Peninsula, where the monthly minimum wage will be P3,500-P4,000 starting June 25; and Eastern Visayas, where the monthly minimum wage will be P4,500-P5,000 starting June 27.

The wage boards in the NCR, Calabarzon, and Soccsksargen, however, are yet to issue their respective wage orders for domestic workers as they are still conducting public hearings.*PNA

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