MANILA — A public hearing on the petition for a wage increase for minimum wage earners in Metro Manila is scheduled on May 2.

“The public hearing aims to gather inputs from labor, management, and other interested parties on pertinent issues relevant to the wage petition,” Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said, adding that concerned parties may present their positions with the wage board on or before the scheduled date of hearing.

Also, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in the National Capital Region has already published the notice of public hearing in a newspaper of general circulation, a necessary step in holding wage hike deliberations.

Baldoz explained that based on the rules of minimum wage fixing, the publication or posting of the notice of public hearing shall be made at least 15 days before the initial public hearing.

No venue has been set for the public hearing yet.

After the consultation, the NCR Regional Board will deliberate on how much and in what form would the wage increase be, if any.

Earlier, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) had filed a petition for a P75 increase in the daily salary of minimum wage earners in the private sector in the National Capital Region, which currently stands at P404.

Last week, the regional wage boards in the NCR and Western Visayas declared the existence of supervening conditions after thorough evaluation showed ripple effects of price increases in prime commodities such as fuel.

This paved the way for tackling wage increase petitions. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)