The minimum wage is the lowest amount of money that an employer can legally pay to a worker for their labor. It is usually set by the government or by collective bargaining agreements. The minimum wage aims to protect the welfare of workers and to ensure a decent standard of living for them and their families.
In the Philippines, the minimum wage is determined by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) in each of the 17 regions. The RTWPBs are composed of representatives from the government, labor, and employers.
They consider various factors such as the cost of living, the prevailing wage levels, the productivity of workers, and the capacity of employers to pay when setting the minimum wage rates.
CAR Minimum Wage
The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is one of the regions in the Philippines that has its own RTWPB. It covers the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mountain Province, as well as the city of Baguio. It is home to about 1.8 million people, most of whom belong to various indigenous groups.
The minimum wage in CAR has been increased several times in recent years.
𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼. 𝗖𝗔𝗥-𝟮𝟮 grants a P30 increase in the daily minimum wage of minimum wage workers in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) effective December 05, 2023. This brings the daily minimum wage rate in the region to P430.
Meanwhile, 𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼. 𝗥𝗕-𝗖𝗔𝗥-𝗗𝗪-𝟬𝟱 increases the monthly minimum wage of domestic workers (𝘬𝘢𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘢𝘩𝘢𝘺𝘴) by P400 effective December 05, 2023. Domestic workers in CAR will now receive a monthly rate of P4,900.
The minimum wage in CAR and other regions is a contentious and complex issue that involves various stakeholders and interests. It reflects the economic, social, and political realities of the country and the region.
It also affects the lives and livelihoods of millions of workers and their families. It is therefore important to have a balanced and informed perspective on the minimum wage and to consider its implications and consequences for the workers, the employers, and society as a whole.
𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼. 𝗖𝗔𝗥-𝟮𝟮 PDF Download