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Bangsamoro region minimum wage hike OK’d

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The Bangsamoro Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (BTWPB) has approved higher pay for minimum wage earners in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Wage Order No. BARMM-01, which provides a new minimum wage increase for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors in the Bangsamoro region was issued Thursday, November 14.

“Section 1 of the Wage Order states that all minimum wage earners of the private sector in the BARMM shall receive a basic wage increase of P20.00 per day for provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan,” the regional government said.

With the additional P20.00, the new minimum wages for the five provinces and two cities are P300 a day and P290 a day for non-agriculture and agriculture sectors, respectively.

Meanwhile, for Cotabato City and the 63 barangays in North Cotabato, those in the non-agriculture sector shall receive P14 wage hike per day, while the agriculture sector shall receive P10 wage increase per day.

“From the P290-P311 daily wages, the workers will now get a new minimum wage of P325/day and P300/day for agriculture and non-agriculture sector, respectively,” the regional government said.

The new Wage Order applies to all minimum wage earners in the region, except family drivers, those employees in the personal service of another, and workers in registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority pursuant to Republic Act No. 9178.

The establishments which may be exempted from the Order are the retail and service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers; distressed establishments; new business enterprises; and establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human induced disasters.

Labor Minister Romeo Sema, BTWPB-BARMM chairperson warned that any person, corporation, trust of firm, partnership, association or entity which refuses or fails to compy with the Order shall be subjected to the penal provisions under RA 6727, as amended by RA 8188. #

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