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Talks on CV wage hike begins

CEBU CITY – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Central Visayas (RTWPB-7) has began the discussion on whether or not there is a need to increase the minimum wage in the region and how much the increase will be.

Labor sector representative to the wage board, Jose Tumongha, said the first day of the deliberation started yesterday (Tuesday) and is expected to run for a few days before a decision will be made.

Tumongha said the first day of deliberation is usually the most crucial part because it will be on the first day that members of the wage board will discuss whether or not there will be an increase of the minimum wage in the region.

The wage board will also discuss the two petitions fi led by the labor groups in Central Visayas. The Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) is seeking a P130 pesos daily wage increase while the Associated Labor Union – Trade Union Congress of Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is asking for a P90 per day wage increase.

“I believe the series of increases of the prices of fuel and basic commodities will weigh heavily on the decision in favor of the wage increase,” Tumongha said. (Mars W. Mosqueda, Jr)