Caraga wage hike for domestic workers takes effect June 30

The newly-approved wage hike for domestic workers in the region will take effect on June 30, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in the Caraga Region (RTWPB-13) said Wednesday.

In a statement, RTWPB-13 said this is contained in Wage Order No. RXIII-DW-03 approved on June 9.

The wage order indicated, among others, the existing economic conditions in the region that led to the approval of the wage increase for domestic workers, the agency said.

The conditions include the increase of the consumer price index in the region from 101.9 in May 2019 to 115.9 in May 2022; the latest poverty threshold in the region for a family size of five at PHP348 based on data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority; and the poverty incidence among families recorded at 24.1 percent based on the 2018 family income and expenditure survey.

“The domestic workers in Caraga shall receive an increase ranging from PHP500 to PHP1,000 in monthly minimum rate,” the wage order said.

It added that domestic workers in cities and first-class municipalities in the region shall receive a PHP500 wage hike while those in other municipalities with a PHP1,000 increase.

The increase covers all domestic workers in the region on a live-in or live-out arrangement, including maids, cooks, gardeners, laundry persons, or any person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis.

On the other hand, the wage order will not cover service providers, family drivers, children under the foster family arrangement, and any person who performs work occasionally and sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

“The wages of domestic workers shall be paid in cash at least once a month,” the order said, adding that no deductions shall be made from the wages of domestic workers except those that are mandated by law.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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