• Workers in Metro Manila will be entitled to a new minimum wage of P491 beginning on June 2
  • The new wage is a response to the TUCP’s request for an increase in the daily salary of workers
  • However, the TUCP said the new wage is not enough to cover the expenses of minimum wage earners

Minimum wage earners in Metro Manila will be enjoying a P10 increase in their daily salaries beginning on June 2 after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of the National Capital Region (NCR) implemented changes in the present Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) rates.

In an article published by Sun Star Manila on May 20, 2016, it was disclosed that the RTWPB issued Wage Order No. 20 that integrated the former P15 COLA to the previous minimum wage of P481 and added an additional P10 for the new COLA.

The move is a response to the petition filed by the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) that called for a P154 increase in the daily wage of workers.

However, TUCP President Raymond Mendoza said the new P10 COLA is still not enough to cover the daily expenses of minimum wage employees, and such a “measly” amount only contributes to the worsening problem of poverty in Metro Manila.

The cost of living allowance increase granted by the wage board today is again, as it has always been, not enough to lift minimum-waged earners out of poverty. The mandate of the wage board is to set a living minimum wage that can be able to feed a family of five and empower them up out of poverty. But with today’s decision, the wage board did not,” Mendoza said.

The new wage shall be observed by all companies in the areas Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, Taguig, Valenzuela, and Navotas, and Pateros.