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Boracay’s closure causes wage hike delay in Aklan

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The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board in Western Visayas is delaying the wage increase in Boracay – and Aklan – due to the island’s closure to tourists last April.

RTWPB-6 secretary Atty. Ma. Ailyne Valaquio said the new salary rates would apply about three months after the reopening of Boracay Island.

She said the RTWPB-6, which took into consideration the entire Aklan province, decided the new wage rates will take effect in Boracay and Aklan on November 23, 2018.

Valaquio added this covers the three barangays such as Yapak, Balabag, and Manoc-Manoc.

Boracay was ordered closed last April 26 for environmental rehabilitation, after President Rodrigo Duterte likened it to a cesspool.

For the sugar industry, Valaquio said the cost of living allowance would only be effective six months after the issuance of the wage order.

COLA for sugar workers will take effect in time for the milling season.

Last June 8, the RTWPB-6 approved a P13.50 to P41.50 wage increase with COLA in the daily minimum pay of workers in the private sector.

Workers in non-agricultural, industrial, and commercial firms that hire more than 10 employees will receive P365 daily, up from P323.50, due to the P26.50 hike plus P15 COLA.

Workers in non-agricultural, industrial, and commercial companies employing less than 10 workers will have a basic salary of P295 from P271.50, after an increase of P18.50 plus P5 COLA.

For agricultural workers, the minimum salary for plantation workers was increased from P281.50 to P295.

Non-plantation workers will get a new rate of P295 from the previous P271.50 after an increase of P18.50 and P5 COLA.

Valaquio said Wage Order No. 24 is seen to take effect in July or August 2018.

She said it is still subject to the approval of the National Wages and Productivity Commission.

“Once the commission said it’s a go for publication, we will publish it. The effectivity date is 15 days after publication,” she said.

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