The Department of Labor and Employment through the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) MIMAROPA Region conducted a public consultation on minimum wage adjustment on Monday, December 5 at the Hotel Centro. The said event was joined by managers and employers in the city, with participants coming from different restaurants, fast foods, tourist inns, hotels and other business establishments in Palawan.
The said consultation aimed to hear the opinion of employers and managers in the province on whether they intend to keep the existing wage bracket in the MIMAROPA region, or to increase it.
The employers’ group agreed that there should be an increase in wages, while the managers said they are opposed to the idea because of several issues that they are encountering.
No definite conclusions were yet reached in the said event, but the RTWPB-MIMAROPA will be coming back in 2017 for the result of the consultations made within the region.
Aside from the consultation, National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Susan Sumbeling also presented the mandate and function of the RTWPB to the participants, with the enactment by the Philippine Congress of Republic Act 6727, also known as “Wage Rationalization Act”.
The RTWPB functions to rationalize minimum wage-fixing and promote productivity improvement, and to ensure that workers are gaining decent standard of living and expansion and growth of business and industry.