CALAPAN CITY, Oriental Mindoro, July 22 (PIA) – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Mimaropa region has issued recently an order that effective July 07, 2017, P2,500 monthly shall be the new minimum wage rate for domestic workers in all the provinces of Mimaropa region as prescribed by its Wage Order No.RB-MIMAROPA-DW-01.
Mimaropa is composed of the provinces of Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
It can be recalled that under Republic Act No. 10361, otherwise known as an Act Instituting Policies for the Protection and Welfare of Domestic Workers or “Batas Kasambahay” which took effect in 2013, P2,000 had been set as the minimum wage rate for domestic workers in chartered cities and first class municipalities and P1,500 in other municipalities.
DOLE says that in the newly issued Wage Order, an increase of P500 was effected for chartered cities and first-class municipalities while P1,000 increase for other municipalities.
Further, Section 2 of said Wage Order states that it shall apply to all domestic workers whether on a live-in or live-out arrangement basis, 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, DOLE says such order does not cover the following workers like 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 and 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 and public hearings conducted in the five provinces of Mimaropa. (DOLE-LC/LTC/PIA-Mimaropa/Calapan)