THE new wage order prescribing for a minimum wage increase for workers in Eastern Visayas is set to take effect on June 27, 2022, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region said.

“After careful deliberations, having considered different factors and the inputs we gathered from the series of consultations, the board came up with Wage Order No. 22, and we believe that the same will be favorable for both the labor and management sectors," said DOLE Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena, chairman of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

Eastern Visayas workers can expect a P50 increase in their daily wage, but this would be implemented in two tranches – P25 upon effectivity on June 27 and an additional P25 on January 2, 2023.

From its current rate of P325 per day, the new daily wage for workers in the non-agriculture sector and retail or service establishments employing 11 workers and above will be P350 on June 27, then P375 on the second tranche.

Meanwhile, workers in the sectors of non-agriculture, cottage and handicraft, and retail/service establishments employing 10 workers and below, who are currently receiving a daily wage of P295 will start earning P320 upon effectivity and P345 on January 2, 2023, according to the agency.

The new wage increase was approved after regionwide consultations with various sectors, DOLE added.

The order, approved by the RTWPB-Eastern Visayas on June 6, was published in a local paper on June 11. (SunStar Philippines)