By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer
THE Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Northern Mindanao is expected to grant another wage increase within the next 30 days.
RTWPB-10 chair Joffrey Soyao said that the board is currently deliberating on the petition of the Associated Labor Union – Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) for a P168 wage increase.
But in the last 18 wage orders, the RTWPB in this region limits itself to granting only a measly double-digit hike, facing stiff competition from the business sector which has submitted several position papers to counter the ALU-TUCP petition.
Other members of the RTWPB are the regional directors of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) and business and labor representatives.
After receiving the ALU-TUCP petition, the RTWPB immediately held provincial hearings on the matter, capping with a regional hearing last week here in Cagayan de Oro City.
The tripartite wage board is mandated by law to act on the petition within 30 days after the last hearing.
Soyao, also the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 10 director, said that the board has always granted an increase whenever the labor sector files a petition. But the amount will always be contested by the business sector.
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