THE MONTHLY wage rate increase for domestic workers in the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (CALABARZON) region, issued in Oct. 2018, was given final approval last Jan. 30 and the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) published yesterday. The new rates, contained in Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards-IVA Order 02, are: P3,500 for chartered cities and municipalities, P3,000 for all other municipalities. The old rates were P2,500 and P1,800, respectively. The order, which indicates that no exceptions are allowed, covers the following under a live-in or live-out arrangement: general househelp, yaya, cook, gardener, laundry person, and any other person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis. Not covered are: service providers, family drivers, children under foster family arrangement, and any other person who performs work occasionally and not on an occupational basis.