Palace: Let wage boards decide on pay hike

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2019 04:33 PM

MANILA - Malacañang is leaving it up to regional wage boards to rule on petitions seeking higher salaries.

This after 3 labor groups sought to increase the minimum wage in Metro Manila to P750 per day from the current P537.

“Nasa wage board iyan. Kasi ang wage board ang magde-determine niyan eh, kung kailangan o kung hindi depende sa circumstances surrounding whatever petition they have in mind,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace press briefing Tuesday, the eve of Labor Day.

(That is up to the wage board to determine whether a wage hike is necessary given the circumstances surrounding whatever petition they have in mind.)

Labor groups Kilusang Mayo Uno, Kilos Na Manggagawa, and Metal Workers Alliance of the Philippines have argued that a P750 minimum wage would offset the effects of rising prices of commodities on their income.

"Kahit bumaba na 'yung inflation rate hindi naman ito nangangahulugan na bumaba na rin ang presyo ng bilihin," Jen Pajel, chairperson of labor group Kilos Na Manggagawa earlier said.

(Even if the inflation rate dropped, this doesn’t mean that prices of goods have decreased.)

The Department of Labor and Employment meanwhile has yet to decide on the wage hike petition.