The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) confirmed that the P40 minimum wage hike will take effect on July 16 despite the appeal of several labor organizations pursuing a higher increase.
The appeal was filed by several labor groups on July 3, three days after Wage Order No. NCR-24 was published.
Wage Order No. NCR-24 imposes a P40 minimum wage hike, from P570 to P610 for the non-agriculture sector, and from P533 to P573 in the agriculture sector.
Labor organizations cited inflation and the “soaring prices of basic services and commodities” as reasons why the P40 increase is not enough. They petitioned that the basis of minimum wage determination should be the family living wage of P1,161.
The Kilusang Mayo Uno stated on their Facebook page on June 30 that the minimum wage hike is not enough. They noted the P7 increase, as last year’s minimum wage was P33, which is not enough in the economy’s inflation rate.
Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) announced on July 5 that the inflation rate in June was 5.4 percent.
NWPC said the appeal is part of the minimum wage determination process, and are expected to resolve the appeal within 60 days from the filing date.