Current Date: 1 Dec, 2023

Calabarzon minimum wage earners to get P35 to P50 increase

MANILA, Philippines – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Calabarzon issued a new wage order granting increases of P35 to P89 daily for minimum wage earners in private establishments in the region, depending on the area.

Wage Order No. IVA-20, dated Friday, September 8, makes the new daily minimum wages in the region P385 to P520 for non-agriculture workers, P385 to P479 for agriculture workers, and P385 for retail and service establishments employing less than 10 workers.

The new minimum wages are set to take effect on September 24. Calabarzon or Region 4-A covers the southern Tagalog provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon.

New Calabarzon minimum wage rates: Non-agriculture

Effective September 24, 2023

Covered Area/SectorPrevious minimum wageIncreaseNew minimum wage
1st class municipalitiesP429P50P479
2nd and 3rd class municipalitiesP390P35P425
4th, 5th, and 6th class municipalitiesP350P35P385
Component citiesP429P50P479
Extended Metropolitan AreaP470P50P520

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New Calabarzon minimum wage rates: Agriculture 

Effective September 24, 2023

Covered Area/SectorPrevious minimum wageIncreaseNew minimum wage
Extended Metropolitan AreaP429P50P479
Component citiesP429P50P479
Carmona City & Calaca CityP390P89P479
1st class municipalitiesP390P35P425
2nd and 3rd class municipalitiesP350P35P385
4th, 5th, and 6th class municipalitiesP350P35P385

Source:Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board - CalabarzonGet the data

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Agriculture workers in the city of Carmona in Cavite, and the city of Calaca in Batangas, because of "triggering area reclassification," will get a special P89-increase that matches the P479-wage of minimum wage earners in other component cities, the RTWPB said.

As for the retail and service industry, all workers, regardless of whether they are from the Extended Metropolitan Area, component cities, and all classes of municipalities, will get a P35 increase on their present P350 minimum wage, making the new daily minimum wage P385.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment, the wage order is expected to directly benefit 719,704 minimum wage earners in Calabarzon, and around 1.6 million full-time wage and salary workers earning above minimum "may also indirectly benefit as a result of upward adjustments at the enterprise level arising from the correction of wage distortion."

In a statement on Friday, labor group Federation of Free Workers (FFW) welcomed the increase as a "small victory" that would "immediately affect" the livelihood of workers in the region.

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"Bagamat tinatanggap natin ang pag-angat na ito sa sahod, hindi pa ito sapat upang lubos na matustusan ang pangangailangan ng isang pamilya sa kasalukuyang kalagayan ng ekonomiya," said FFW Women Network Vice President Arta Maines, who is also president of the United Cirtek Electronic Employees' Association in Laguna.

(While we welcome the wage hike, this is still not enough to satisfy the needs of a family in the current economic situation.)


FFW board member Vilma Garcia, who is also a member of the De La Salle Health and Science Institute Employees Union in Dasmariñas, said: "Ang ating layunin ay ang makamit ang itinadhana sa Konstitusyon na living wage na nagbibigay-dignidad at seguridad sa aspeto ng pinansyal para sa ating mga manggagawa."

(Our goal is to reach the constitutionally provided living wage that provides dignity and financial security to our workers.)

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Garcia added that the group would continue to organize unions, participate in collective bargaining, and lobby for an across-the-board increase of P150 in the whole country.

In March, labor coalition Worker's Initiative for Wage Increase appealed for the Calabarzon wage board to increase the daily minimum wage to P750, according to a BusinessWorld report. Citing data from the IBON Foundation, the coalition said the daily minimum living wage in Calabarzon for a family of five should at least be P1,087

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