Watch: DOLE Pushes Implementation of Equal Minimum Salary Nationwide, Labor Groups Agree (Video)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is pushing the campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte of making the minimum wage equal all over the country. One this happens, people in the provinces will enjoy the same minimum salary as the workers in Metro Manila are receiving, wherein some labor groups agree. Watch the news video below.
According to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, President Duterte believes that people in the provinces are very eager to work in Manila because of the higher salary rate. But because of that, Metro Manila now is very congested, and helps worsen the traffic. Therefore, the best solution is for Congress to pass the “national minimum wage law.”
As posted at DOLE’s official website, the current minimum wage rate in National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila is from P454 to P491 for non-agriculture, depending on the company. For Region IV-A (Calabarzon), the minimum wage rate is from P285 to P378.50, while for Region IV-B (Mimaropa), the minimum wage rate is from P225 to P285.
Apparently, this proposal is align with President Duterte’s promise during his campaign, that is, the decentralization of employment, so that job opportunities will not only be focused in Metro Manila, but to countryside as well. However, making the minimum wage rate common across the country will then make the Regional Wage Boards irrelevant.
Nevertheless, this action by the Duterte is being welcomed by some labor groups. Last March, Solidarity of Independent and General Labor Organizations (SIGLO), and the National Federation of Labor (NFL) are only among the petitioners that strongly demand the Supreme Court (SC) to abolish Republic Act 6727 (or the Wage Rationalization Act).
Meanwhile, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) Spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said that the prices of prime commodities in Luzon are almost the same as that from Mindanao, noting that implementing a uniform minimum wage rate will be a big help to lessen the poor. With this, local workers are hoping that the government will be fair to all.