By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
THE new minimum wage of P318 will start implementation this month.
This, after the implementing rules and regulations of Wage Order No. RX-18 was published in a local newspaper last August 19.
It was learned that a new wage order can only be implemented once its IRR has been published.
The P318 new minimum wage covers the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and the adjacent municipalities of Tagoloan and Villanueva. Wage Category II of P313 covers the cities of El Salvador, Gingoog, Malaybalay, Ozamiz and Valencia and the municipalities of Maramag, Manolo Fortich and Quezon in Bukidnon. Rates in Wage Category III are P308 for non-agricultural workers and P296 for agricultural workers in the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub and the municipalities of Lugait and Opol in Misamis Oriental; and Mambajao in Camiguin. Workers in the rest of the region will receive P303 for non-agricultural sector and P291 for the agricultural sector.
An increase from Wage Order No. RX-17 that was implemented last June 2013, the new wage order was issued last May.
This, as RTWPB 10 issued an advisory stating that distressed and new businesses may apply for exemptions on or before November this year at any of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) offices in the region.
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