P21 daily wage hike for Metro Manila workers starts Oct. 5

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 5) — The P21 daily wage hike for private sector minimum wage earners in Metro Manila takes effect today, October 5, the National Capital Region Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board said Wednesday.

Non-agricultural workers will now earn a minimum wage of P512 from the previous P491 starting today, it said in a Department of Labor and Employment press release.

This is in accordance with the board's Wage Order No. RB NCR-21, which has set new wages for all minimum wage earners.

Under the order, workers employed in agriculture will get a new minimum wage of P475 from their previous P454 daily wage.

Retail and service establishments with fewer than 16 employees, and workers of manufacturing establishments with fewer than ten employees on a regular basis will also get the increased P475 wage.

Meanwhile, workers who are paid by output or per task are entitled to receive the new wage with every eight hours of daily work. If they work less than eight hours, they are entitled to a proportion of the wage.

The wage hike excludes domestic workers, people in the personal service of others, and employees of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises, DOLE said.

Only "distressed establishments," retail or service establishments regularly employing 10 or fewer workers, and those damaged or affected by calamities are exempted from the new wage order, it added.

Earlier, the Associated Labor Unions - Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said the hike will affect roughly 6 million minimum wage earners in Metro Manila.

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However, the hike is still below the increase petitioned by labor groups Association of Minimum Wage Earners and Advocates - Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization, ALU-TUCP, and the trade Union Confress of the Philippines, which asked for P175. P184, and P259 increases, respectively.

CNN Philippines' Ver Marcelo contributed to this report.