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P16 na dagdag! BARMM minimum wage hike Ok’d

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The Bangsamoro Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (BTWPB) of the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MOLE) has approved a minimum wage increase of P16 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

Wage No. BARMM-02, which was okayed Wednesday, June 15, applies to all minimum wage earners in the region, except for family drivers, those employed in the personal service of another, and workers in registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises with Certificates of Authority pursuant to Republic Act No. 9178.

“After public consultations and hearings, the BARMM region’s wage increase is P16.00 in the meantime, since we also have to listen to our business sectors and we have to consider that they were also affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said MOLE Minister Muslimin Sema.

This means that the new basic pay rate will be P316.00 from P300.00 for the non-agriculture sector and Php306.00 from P290.00 for the agriculture sector in all provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and cities of Lamitan and Marawi.

On the other hand, workers in Cotabato City and Special Geographic Area (SGA) in North Cotabato are now enjoying the new daily minimum wage rate ranging from P325.00 to P341.00 for the non-agriculture sector and from P300.00 to P316 for the agriculture sector.

Sema said the wage increase comes in response to the big-time price hikes of basic commodities, petroleum products, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the Bangsamoro people, adding that “it is part of government’s programs to meet the needs of our workers in all private sectors.”

The wage increase order shall not be applicable to retail and service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers, distressed establishments, new business enterprises, and establishments adversely affected by disasters of natural and man-made disasters.

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