Minimum Wage in Region 12 (Soccsksargen)

The minimum wage is a fundamental labor policy that aims to provide economic security and dignity to workers by ensuring that they earn a reasonable income for their labor.

In the Philippines, the minimum wage varies from one region to another, reflecting the differences in the cost of living, economic conditions, and other factors.

This essay focuses on Region 12, located in the southern part of the Philippines, and discusses the importance of setting an appropriate minimum wage that ensures economic welfare for its workers.

Region 12: An Overview

Region 12, also known as the Soccsksargen Region, is composed of four provinces: Cotabato, Sarangani, South Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat, as well as the cities of General Santos, Kidapawan, Tacurong, and Cotabato.

It is a region known for its agricultural resources, particularly in rice, corn, and high-value crops, and has a diverse economy that includes agriculture, fishing, mining, and trade. Despite its economic diversity, Region 12 faces several challenges, including poverty, income inequality, and a relatively low minimum wage.

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Minimum Wage in Region 12

𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼. 𝗥𝗕 𝗫𝗜𝗜-𝟮𝟯 grants a P35 increase to Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) minimum wage workers in the non-agriculture, agriculture, and service/retail establishments to be given in two tranches, P22 (first tranche) upon effectivity on October 16, 2023, and P13 (second tranche) on January 1, 2024.

After full implementation, the daily minimum wage rates in the region will be P403 for non-agriculture, and P382 for agriculture, and service/retail.

Sector/IndustryCurrent Minimum Wage RatesNew Wage IncreaseNew Minimum Wage Rate
Non-AgricultureP368P22 (Upon Effectivity of the First Tranche on October 16, 2023)
P13 (Upon Effectivity of the Second Tranche on January 1, 2024)

Agriculture/Service/Retail EstablishmentP347P22 (Upon Effectivity of the First Tranche on October 16, 2023)
P13 (Upon Effectivity of the Second Tranche on January 1, 2024)


Meanwhile, 𝗪𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗢𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗡𝗼. 𝗥𝗕 𝗫𝗜𝗜-𝗗𝗪-𝟬𝟰 grants a monthly increase of P500, bringing the monthly wage rate of domestic workers in Region XII (SOCCSKSARGEN) to P5,000 in the cities and first-class municipalities, and P4,500 to other municipalities in the region.

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New Minimum Wage Rate for Domestic Workers in SOCCSKSARGEN

Area/LocationCurrent Minimum Wage RatesNew Wage IncreaseNew Minimum Wage Rate
Cities and First Class MunicipalitiesP4,500P500P5,000
Other MunicipalitiesP4,000P500P4,500

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In Region 12, setting a fair minimum wage is a vital step towards ensuring the economic welfare of its workers. The minimum wage is not just a number on a paycheck; it represents the dignity, security, and quality of life that every worker deserves.

A fair minimum wage can help alleviate poverty, reduce income inequality, enhance economic welfare, and motivate workers to be more productive. However, it is essential to strike a balance between the needs of workers and the economic realities faced by employers.

Regular adjustments in the minimum wage are necessary to keep up with changing economic conditions and the rising cost of living. By addressing these challenges and pursuing a fair minimum wage policy, Region 12 can contribute to a more just and prosperous society for its workers and their families.