Metro Manila P25 wage hike to take effect Nov. 22

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THE P25 daily increase for minimum wage earners in private companies in the National Capital Region (NCR) takes effect on Nov. 22 following its publication in a newspaper yesterday, Nov. 7. The new rates are: P500 for those in manufacturing companies with less than 10 workers and retail/service establishments with up to 15 workers; and P537 for others in both the non-agriculture and agriculture sectors. Wage Order No. NCR-22, approved last Oct. 30 by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, covers all workers “regardless of their position, designation or status of employment.” The order also provides that, “Any increase granted by an employer… within three (3) months prior to the (order’s) effectivity… shall be credited as compliance….” The increase, however, does not cover domestic workers (kasambahay) and those employed by registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises. Appeals relating to the new wage order may be filed within 10 days from publication.