06 February 2014
ARMM approves P18 wage hike
Cotabato City – The wage board of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) has approved an P18-a-day increase in the minimum wage of workers in the region.
The new wage hike brings the minimum wage in ARMM to P250.
Muslimin Jakilan, ARMM labor secretary, said the new wage rate will take effect this month pending the endorsement of its implementing rules from the regional leadership.
He said the new wage hike was approved by ARMM’s Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in December of last year after a series of public consultation across the autonomous region.
Jakilan said consideration may be given to companies or establishments that are on the risk of closure; those that regularly employ not more than 10 workers, new business enterprise and those affected by natural calamities.
“Private companies and establishment who cannot comply with the new wage order may file application for wage exemption within 75 days if they qualify on our provided criteria,” he said.
Jakilan, who also chairs the RTWPB, said the wage board took various criteria into consideration such as the capacity of employers, comparative wages from other regions and the current wage fixing system under R.A. 6727 otherwise known as the Wage Rationalization Act.
“We know this will be a big help to workers in ARMM,” he said. (bpi-armm)