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RTWPB-9: Wage hikes signal progress for workers in ZamPen

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Nov. 6 (PIA) – Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Zamboanga Peninsula (RTWPB)-9 declares an uplifting adjustment in minimum wages for those employed in the private sector and for domestic workers or kasambahays.

The significant move aims at enhancing the economic well-being of workers that brings about a positive transformation in the lives of countless individuals contributing to the region's workforce.

Workers in the private sector will witness a notable increase of approximately Php30.00 in their daily minimum wages while the salary for the kasambahay was increased by about P600 monthly. RTWPB-9 had issued Wage Order numbers R9-22 and R9-DW-04, prescribing the minimum wage increase for workers working in the private sector from Php351.00 to Php381.00 daily while for the kasambahay is P4,600 effective on November 12, 2023.

Nasipa Sapii, a mall employee in Zamboanga City expressed her gratitude emphasizing that the increase is a substantial support, “it is a big help for me because it is an additional budget to buy my basic needs essential,” she added.

The Department of Labor and Employment 9 Regional Director Albert Gutib admitted that they have not received any petition for a minimum wage adjustment filed by workers working in a private firm in the region. However, he stressed that in the absence of any petition from workers working in the private sector, the RTWPB-9 Board may on motu proprio initiate a wage review pursuant to Section 3(A), Rule II of the Omnibus Rules on Minimum Wage Determination.

The decision reflects a meticulous evaluation of economic factors, cost of living, and the genuine need to uplift the standard of living for the region's workforce. It stands as a testament to the commitment of the RTWPB  to create a more equitable and just working environment for all. This move is not merely a numerical adjustment but a manifestation of a collective effort to build a more inclusive and prosperous future for the workforce of Zamboanga Peninsula. (NBE/EDT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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Myra Cel Espinosa

Information Officer III

Region 9

Myra Espinosa is an Information Officer of the Philippine Information Agency Region IX.  She writes news and feature stories for the agency's website and social media platforms. She is currently the program host of Kapihan na Zamboanga Public Briefing, as well as a news contributor for PTV News. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration Major in Organization and Management from Western Mindanao State University.

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