The National Capital Region (NCR) Tripartite Wage and Productivity Council has approved a 1,000 peso increase in the monthly wage of domestic workers in Metro Manila, the Ministry of Labor and Employment said. Employment (DoLE).
In an online briefing, the director of the DoLE’s information and publication service, IV Raul M. Francia, said that the NCR’s wages commission had ordered the additional 1,000 pesos on Wednesday afternoon, which which raises the minimum monthly wage for domestic workers to 6,000 pesos.
“The decision is forwarded as we speak to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) for review and possible affirmation tomorrow,” Mr Francia said.
Francia noted that around 200,000 domestic workers in Metro Manila are expected to benefit from the minimum wage increase.
He noted that the regional wage commissions of Calabarzon and Soccsksargen had yet to approve orders to raise wages for domestic workers.
Mr. Francia said earlier that the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao has an autonomous government that is free to impose its own wage hikes.
The DoLE said earlier it expected wages for domestic workers in 13 regions to be raised to 4,500 to 5,000 pesos.
Metro Manila’s minimum wage increased by 33 pesos on June 4, bringing the daily minimum wage to 570 pesos for workers in non-agricultural jobs and 533 pesos for those in agricultural jobs.
The Philippine Trades Union Congress has said wage increases are not enough to offset the recent increase in fuel prices and do nothing to lift workers out of poverty.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Local Government on Tuesday ordered barangays to implement registration of domestic workers, which aims to give them access to social services and protect them from exploitation.
A 2019 survey by the DoLE and the Philippine Statistics Authority found that 83% of the 1.4 million domestic workers in the Philippines do not receive any social security benefits.
According to a study conducted by the International Labor Organization, only about 6% of domestic workers worldwide have access to comprehensive protections covering medical care, illness and unemployment. — John Victor D. Ordonez