MANILA (PNA) — The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Commission on the Laity (CBCP-CL) expressed support on the plan for an additional PHP125 in the salary of minimum wage earners in the country.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the CBCP-CL, said that although the proposal is not that sufficient, he welcomes it.
“Parang kulang pero okay na din ‘yan kesa wala. At least PHP125 a day, malaki-laki na din ‘yan para sa mga tao,” he said.
The Manila Auxiliary bishop noted that an increase in the salary of workers has always been the clamor, especially when prices of basic commodities continue to increase.
“Palagi naman na ang ating panawagan e itaas ang wage ng workers, kasi hindi ito tumataas kahit tumataas ang mga bilihin,” he added.
With this, Pabillo is hoping that the increase in the income of laborers will be given in time for the coming Christmas.
“Oo, bilisan ang pagpasa, matagal nang hindi tumataas ang sweldo ng mga manggagawa,” he said.
Last May, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)–National Capital Region (NCR) granted a PHP10 cost-of-living allowance (Cola), thus, making the new minimum wage rate at PHP491.
Earlier, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the RTWPBs to review the PHP125 across-the-board wage hike proposal.
They are expected to submit their consolidated findings this week.