Business firms urged to comply with minimum wage law

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Friday, May 4, 2012

THE City Council approved on Wednesday a resolution urging all business establishments in Cagayan de Oro to comply with the provisions of the Minimum Wage Law in Northern Mindanao.

Councilor Alexander Dacer, proponent of the resolution, said it is the council’s initiative to push for the compliance of establishments in paying their employees the minimum wage.

Dacer said until now, there are still many employees in the city who are underpaid.


“This underpayment to employees is due to the contractualization of establishments,” he said.

Dacer said employees, if not given the right wage, can indict their employers with Anti-Labor Practice as provided by the Labor Code of the Philippines.

Effective July 24, 2011, all minimum wage earners in the private sector in the region received an increase of P17 per day in the form of Cost of Living Allowance until January 24, 2012.

Thereafter, the increase has been integrated into the basic wage.

Dacer said they are urging all establishments in the city to conform to the P286 new minimum wage rate for non-agriculture employees and P274 for those working in the agriculture sector.

He said they will also give a copy of the memorandum to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), the agency that is supposed to do the evaluation and monitoring of the payment of the employees in the establishments from the private sector.

Dacer added that they will also furnish copies of the memorandum to all establishments in the city.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, mandated under the Wage Rationalization Act (RA 6727), is the responsible agency to assess the wage rates and conduct studies in the determination of the minimum wage applicable in the region. (MSU interns Mary Louise Omelio, Mike Ariel Plaza and Mario Manlupig)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 05, 2012.

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