New Wage Order for Metro Manila Workers: 5 Things We Need to Know

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Good news to minimum wage earners in the private sectors in Metro Manila!  Yesterday, the government announced that minimum wage earners are set to receive an additional Php 21.00 per day in their basic wage beginning October 5, 2017.  In the same manner, workers in the agriculture, retail/service establishments employing 15 workers or less, and manufacturing establishments regularly employing less than 10 workers are also set to receive a minimum wage rate of Php 475.00, from the previous basic wage rate of Php 444.00.

Below are detailed information on the new wage rates, who are covered of the adjustments, and exemptions from the wage order:

  1. RATES
  NEW BASIC WAGE COLA NEW MINIMUM WAGE RATES
NON-AGRICULTURE Php 502.00 Php 10.00 Php 512.00
AGRICULTURE (Plantation and Non-plantation) Php 465.00 Php 10.00 Php 475.00
RETAIL/SERVICE ESTABLISHMENTS EMPLOYING 15 WORKERS OR LESS Php 465.00 Php 10.00 Php 475.00
MANUFACTURING ESTABLISHMENTS REGULARLY EMPLOYING LESS THAN 10 WORKERS Php 465.00 Php 10.00 Php 475.00

2. COVERAGE

The following workers are covered by the rate adjustment:

All minimum wage earners in the private sector in the National Capital Region, regardless of their position, designation, or status of employment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid.

The following workers are NOT covered by the rate adjustment:

  • Kasambahay/Domestic Workers
  • Persons in the personal service of another
  • Workers of duly registered Barangay Micro Business Enterprises (BMBEs) with Certificates of Authority pursuant to Republic Act No. 10644.

3. EXEMPTIONS

The following are exempted from the applicability of the wage order:

  • Distressed Establishments
  • Retail/Service establishments regularly employing not more than 10 workers
  • Establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and human-induced disasters.

4. COMPLAINTS FOR NON-COMPLIANCE

If you are covered by the rate adjustment and your employer refuses to comply, you may file a complaint at the Regional Office of the Department of Labor and Employment in your area.

5. EFFECTIVE DATE

Take note that the New Wage Order NCR-21 is effective on October 5, 2017. You may download the order at www.nwpc.dole.gov.ph

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