Congressmen propose P750 national minimum wage

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  • Lawmakers of the Makabayan bloc officially issued a bill that sets the daily minimum wage of all workers to P750, nationwide
  • In the current system, the highest minimum wage is in Metro Manila at P512 per day, while the lowest is in Ilocos Region at P280 per day
  • Sec. Bello said that the wage boards would possibly release the orders stating the wage increase on June 5

Lawmakers who are members of the Makabayan bloc officially issued a bill on Monday that proposes to set the daily minimum wage of all workers to P750, nationwide.

Under the House Bill 7787, the National Wages and Productivity Commission and Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board which makes policies regarding salary will be dismantled. Instead, the President will be the one to mandate the minimum wage.

According to Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate, the proposal aims to lessen the burden of Filipinos who were much affected by the tax reform.

“The minimum wage must be reverted back to a national wage standard. Almost all prices of basic good and services being traded in all regions are similar nationwide,” said Zarate.

Zarate also said that it is wrong to speculate that the cost of living in regions outside Metro Manila is lower.

“It is not reflective of the real situation,” he said.

In the current system, the highest minimum wage is in Metro Manila at P512 per day, while the lowest is in Ilocos Region at P280 per day.

Filipino Workers (Image by GMA News)

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered 17 regional wage boards to study and plan well the wage increase.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said the wage boards would possibly realease the orders stating the wage increase after the consultation meeting together with other agencies of the government on June 5.

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