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Domestic service workers included in wage rate negotiations

EVEN domestic service workers (HSW) could benefit from the ongoing review of the minimum wage rate led by regional wage commissions, according to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC).

NWPC Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy revealed that the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Boards (RTWPB) initiated the review at the direction of Secretary of Labor and Employment Silvestre H. Bello III.

The revision aims to enable workers in the private sector to cope with the rising cost of living.

“Bello said it was not just private sector workers, but also domestic helpers, who were affected. [by rising cost of living]. This is why they have also been included in the [review] regional councils,” Sy said during a virtual press briefing last week.

Under Republic Act 10361 or the Domestic Workers Act, the minimum wage rate for HSWs is separate from that for private sector employees at minimum wage.

Currently, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the highest monthly minimum wage rate for HSWs, between 1,500 and 5,000 pesos. The Ilocos region follows with P1,000 to P4,500 and Central Luzon with P500 to P4,500.

The last TSS wage order granted by the RTWPBs was in 2020.

In a related development, the Trades Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) is set to file a new wage petition in Northern Mindanao on Tuesday.

The country’s largest labor group has yet to announce the daily wage hike it will demand for Region 10. The TUCP has already filed a similar wage petition in the NCR, Central Visayas and Davao region at the start. of the month.

Sy said the RTWPB is expected to complete its minimum wage review for private sector and HSW workers next month.