THE forthcoming increase in the minimum wage rate in Central Visayas will not just benefit minimum wage earners, according to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

In a statement, the NWPC noted how even those earning above the minimum wage rate may indirectly benefit by the salary adjustment in the region.

"About 399,572 full-time wage and salary workers earning above the minimum wage may also indirectly benefit," said the NWPC.

It noted how non-minimum wage earners may benefit in the event that cases of wage distortion are fixed by their respective companies.

"(They may) benefit as a result of upward adjustments at the enterprise level arising from the correction of wage distortion," said the NWPC.

Earlier, the Central Visayas wage board issued Wage Order ROVII-24, which provides an increase of P33 to the minimum wage rate in the region.

This brought the daily minimum wages in Class A to C areas to a range of P420 to P468 for non-agriculture establishments; and P415 to P458 for agriculture and non-agriculture establishments with less than 10 workers.

The new minimum wage rate is set to take effect on October 1, 2023. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)