Regional body increases minimum wage of household workers in Zamboanga PeninsulaNovember 13, 2019
By Antonio Manaytay
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) has increased the minimum wage of household workers in Zamboanga Peninsula by P1,000.
Wage Order No. 2 issued by RTWPB in October said the household workers in cities and first class municipalities shall receive P3,500 a month. Those in other municipalities shall receive P3,000.
The new minimum wage applies to all household workers, either in a live-in or live-out arrangement. It also applies to all persons performing other household chores inside in a household on occupational basis.
But the wage order does not apply to family drivers, and minors under foster family arrangement.
The wage is kind of “a Christmas gift” to house workers, said Ofelia Domingo, regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment 9 (DOLE 9). Domingo is the RTWPB chief.
In coming out with the new wage order, she said, the regional body had considered the “purchasing power, inflation rate, and the price of commodities.”
The last time the RTWPB had issued a wage increase for household workers was in 2016.
She clarified that there is no exception to the new wage order.
Those who do not receive the mandated minimum wage has to file a formal complaint with DOLE, she urged. (Mindanao Sun/ Featured Image: Pixabay)