Bicol’s P8 wage hike takes effect this month

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 18 (PNA) — The minimum wage in the Bicol region increased by P8, as specified under Wage Order No. RBV-16, and it must be reflected in the next payroll salaries of minimum wage earners, the Department of Labor Bicol regional office said Friday.

The P8 addition to the minimum wage took effect on Jan. 10 following the mandatory 15-day publication period of the wage order.

Based on RTWPB’s records, Wage Order No. RBV-16 was signed on Dec. 5 and was published in a local newspaper on Dec. 26 last year, thus, having full effectivity last Jan. 10.

“Actually we have already announced the increase as early as December even before its publication to set the minds of our employers. Some sort of mind-conditioning for a smooth implementation of the new wage law,” DOLE Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, also Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) chairman, said.

Wage Order No. RBV-16 specifies the new minimum wage rate in Bicol as P260/day for establishments with more than 10 workers and P236/day for establishments with less than 10 workers in agriculture and non-agriculture sector.

Copies of Wage Order No. RBV-16 is available for free at the RTWPB office.(PNA)