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DOLE MIMAROPA issues new minimum wage rates for domestic workers in the Region

Effective July 07, 2017, two thousand five hundred pesos (P2,500.00) shall be the new minimum wage rate for domestic workers in all provinces of MIMAROPA region as prescribed by Wage Order No.RB-MIMAROPA-DW-01.

Under Republic Act 10361 or an Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers or Batas Kasambahay which took effect on February 10, 2013, two thousand pesos (P2,000.00) has been set as the minimum wage rate for domestic workers in chartered cities and first class municipalities and one thousand five hundred pesos (P1,500.00) in other municipalities. In the newly issued Wage Order, an increase of five hundred pesos (P500.00) was effected for chartered cities and first class municipalities while one thousand pesos (P1,000.00) increase for other municipalities.

Section 2 of Wage Order No.RB-MIMAROPA-DW-01 states that it shall apply to all domestic workers whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement, such as but not limited to: general househelp; yaya; cook; gardener; laundry person; or any person who regularly performs domestic work in one household on an occupational basis. However, it does not cover the following types of workers: service providers; family drivers; children under foster family arrangement; and any other person who performs work occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.

Though this Wage Order prescribed a minimum wage rate for all domestic workers, it does not prevent domestic workers from bargaining for higher wages with their respective employers.

This new minimum wage rate shall be implemented upon effectivity of the Wage Order together with all applicable benefits to domestic workers.

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-MIMAROPA Region chaired by DOLE Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor and composed of officers/members from employer, worker and other government sectors is mandated by Republic Act 6727 or The Wage Rationalization Act to periodically assess wage rates and conduct continuing studies in the determination of the minimum wage applicable in the region or industry.

 

The new Wage Order was approved after several consultations/public hearings conducted in the five (5) provinces of the Region.

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2017-07-07
ATTY ALVIN VILLAMOR

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