By Billy Begas
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) has filed a petition seeking a P420 increase in the daily minimum wage in Region 1.
TUCP President Raymond Mendoza said the current P340 daily minimum wage in Ilocos Region “is far below the needed daily income for a family of five to survive in the face of rising prices of basic goods and services.”
“The regional wage board must set the new daily minimum wage in Region 1 at P760 so that our minimum wage earners and their families can survive and live decently,” Mendoza said.
TUCP said that from the measly take-home pay of minimum wage earners in Region 1, only P12.44 per meal per person can be allocated for food requirements.
Mendoza appealed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) to immediately grant the wage hike petition.
“Please do not dribble the ball and pass the buck to the next Administration. Cut down the bureaucratic procedures and endless hearings and just issue a wage order that will save our minimum wage earners and their families from continuing hunger and malnutrition,” Mendoza added.