The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-XI announces that the P 5.00 COLA granted under Wage Order No. RB XI-18 will be integrated into the basic wage on May 1, 2017.

For information of the public, the new minimum wage rates effective May 1, 2017, will be as follows: (1) Non-agriculture/industrial/commercial and retail service employing more than 10 workers, P 340.00; (2) Agriculture sector, P 335.00; and (3) Retail/Service employing not more than 10 workers, P 325.00.

For retail/service employing not more than 10 workers, they have an additional basic wage increase of 10 pesos effective May 1, 2017 on top of the integration of the 5 peso COLA in May 1, 2017, bringing the minimum wage of this category to P 325.00 (from a previous P 315.00 last December 16, 2016). No exemption from compliance under this Wage Order shall be allowed.

However, in case of a calamity, the Board may accept applications for exemption for establishments adversely affected by calamities such as natural and/or human-induced disasters subject to the NWPC Guidelines No. 02, series of 2007 as amended by NWPC Resolution No. 01, series of 2014.

For further queries, you may call the Secretariat at telephone numbers 224-20-27 and 222-46-52. The new wage order may be downloaded four days after its publication. Mimeographed copies are available at the RTWPB-XI office.