New minimum wage takes effect in Central Visayas


RTWPB-7 fyer on the new minimum wage (From RTWPB-7 Facebook)


Effective June 14, 2022, the new minimum wage will take effect in Central Visayas.


Under Wage Order No. ROVII-23, minimum wage earners must receive P387 to P435 for non-agricultural workers and P382 to P425 for agricultural workers and those working for companies with less than 10 workers.


The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7) approved in May 2022 a P31 across-the-board increase, the highest adjustment approved since the P25 increase in 1989.

  • P435 - New minimum wage for non-agricultural workers in the Class A cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga and Talisay, and in the towns of Compostela, Consolation, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

  • P397 - New minimum wage for non-agricultural workers in the Class B cities of Bais, Bayawan, Bago, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Guihulngan, Tagbilaran, Tanjay and Toledo.

  • P387 - New minimum wage for non-agricultural workers in the towns not included in Class A and B.

  • P425 - New minimum wage for agricultural workers and non-agricultural employees of establishments with less than 10 workers in the Class A cities of Carcar, Cebu, Danao, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Naga and Talisay, and in the towns of Compostela, Consolation, Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla and San Fernando.

  • P392 - New minimum wage for agricultural workers and non-agricultural employees of establishments with less than 10 workers in the Class B cities of Bais, Bayawan, Bago, Canlaon, Dumaguete, Guihulngan, Tagbilaran, Tanjay and Toledo.

  • P382 - New minimum wage for agricultural workers and non-agricultural employees of establishments with less than 10 workers in the towns not included in Class A and B.

The new rates will provide a gross basic pay of P10,062 to P11,310 a month for a non-agricultural employee and P9,932 to P11,050 for agricultural workers and employees of firms with less than 10 workers.

An employee’s take-home pay is much less after the employer deducts contributions to the Social Security System, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG and other payables.

As of the first semester of 2018, a family of five in the Philippines needs P10,481 on average to meet both basic food and non-food needs in a month, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

But for the non-government research organization IBON Foundation, a family of five in the National Capital Region needs P23,660 a month on average to meet their needs.




Meanwhile, household workers or kasambahay will get a P500 increase in their monthly wage. A kasambahay in first class chartered cities and first class municipalities will now get P5,500 while a kasambahay working in other areas will receive P4,500.


Labor Undersecretary Victor A. del Rosario, regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and chairman of the regional wage board, expressed hope that the latest adjustment would be enough for the workers and economically feasible for the employers.

“The board thoroughly scrutinized and religiously deliberated all petitions filed, while carefully taking into consideration all relevant factors included in fixing the minimum wage in the region,” Del Rosario said.

“All pertinent facts were studied as well as the other conditions existing in the different provinces and the different industries therein. With all of that, we’re able to arrive at this particular consensus,” he added. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / Ventures Cebu)


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