In a move that is set to impact the livelihoods of countless workers in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Region IX, two significant Wage Orders have been issued by the local government, aiming to uplift the standards of living for laborers and domestic workers.
These changes, which are set to take effect on November 12, 2023, bring about an increase in minimum wages, offering a glimmer of hope to those striving for a better quality of life.
Also Read: Minimum Wage in All-Region
Wage Order No. RIX-22
One of the key changes to minimum wage rates in Region IX was brought about by Wage Order No. RIX-22. Effective November 12, 2023, this order introduces an increase of P30 in the minimum wage across the region, which encompasses the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.
Additionally, a second tranche of P13 is set to be granted to retail and service establishments with a workforce of 10-30 employees, which will come into effect on February 1, 2024. This is a welcomed measure that aims to ease the financial burden for businesses that fall into this category.
Implications of the Wage Adjustments
Once the full implementation of the wage tranches is realized, minimum wage rates in Region IX will be structured as follows:
- P381: For those employed in non-agricultural establishments and retail/service establishments employing 10-30 workers and 31 workers or more.
- P368: For agricultural establishments and retail/service establishments employing 1-9 workers.
These changes are expected to provide a much-needed boost to the incomes of a significant portion of the region’s workforce. As workers experience these adjustments, it is anticipated that their improved financial well-being will have a positive ripple effect on the local economy.
Wage Order No. RIX-DW-04: Empowering Domestic Workers
In a parallel development, another significant change is on the horizon for domestic workers, commonly known as Kasambahays in Region IX, under Wage Order No. RIX-DW-04. Effective November 12, 2023, domestic workers in the Zamboanga Peninsula will witness a notable monthly increase of P600 in their earnings.
This adjustment takes the previous monthly wage range of P3,500-P4,000 and elevates it to a more competitive range of P4,100-P4,600. This move is designed to recognize the essential role domestic workers play in households and to provide them with fair compensation for their services.
Download the PDF File of Wage Order No. RIX-22:
A Path to a Better Quality of Life
The minimum wage adjustments brought about by these Wage Orders signify an important step towards a better quality of life for many workers in Region IX. As they come into effect, they have the potential to reduce economic disparities and improve the standard of living for numerous households, thus contributing to a more prosperous and equitable society.
It is essential for both employers and workers to be aware of these changes and to ensure their smooth implementation. With higher minimum wages and increased earnings for domestic workers, Region IX is working towards a brighter future for all its residents.