By Leslie Ann Aquino
Adjustment of P25 wages for workers with a minimum wage in Metro Manila will enter into force this month.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello announced on Monday that the adjustment of wages will already take effect on November 22.
"It was published in the November 7th newspaper. So, 15 days later it becomes effective and that's November 22," he said at a press conference.
Previously, the Commission for National Wages and Productivity explained the reports that showed that the wage adjustment would apply on 27 November.
"For the sake of clarification, the new minimum wage rates in Metro Manila will take effect on November 22, 2018, and not on November 27, 2018," the NWPC said on its Facebook page.
It was the week before the work department announced an increase in P25 in Metro Manila.
According to Bello, the regional tripartite committee on wages and productivity – the Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) approved an increase in wages P25 and the inclusion of the existing P10 COLA supplement on 30 October.
This means that the minimum wage in the NCR would already be P537 from the current P512.
Working groups, such as the Association of Trade Unions and Trade Unions in the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), have rejected a modest increase in wages, which says that this will not affect the eradication of worker and family poverty.