By Marisol Bo-oc | 11:00 PM March 22, 2022
A P430-increase in the daily minimum wage is being proposed in Central Visayas.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed the wage hike petition before the Cebu City-based Regional Wages and Productivity Board-Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) last Monday, March 21.
If approved, the new daily minimum wage rate in Central Visayas would jump from P404, which is the existing rate, to P834.
Rep. Raymond Democrito Mendoza, president of TUCP, said it is high-time for Central Visayas to update its salary rates.
“Duha na ka tuig naungot ang sweldo. Unya ga sige ug saka ang presyo… Kinsay di ganahan ug umento,” Mendoza said in a press briefing before they filed the petition.
TUCP’s move came after the country experienced successive oil price hikes as a result of the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.
But the labor group, in a press conference on Monday, clarified that the continuous increase in petroleum products is just one of the many factors that prompted them to seek an increase in the daily minimum wage rate in Central Visayas.
Based on the data presented by TUCP, a family of five in Central Visayas must earn at least P16,295 per month in order to survive.
However, workers can only take home as much as P10,504 based on the current daily minimum wage of P404.
“The poverty threshold in Central Visayas is not far from Metro Manila… We need to give our workers decent wages,” Arcos said in Tagalog.