DOLE Orders RTWPB to Study Pay Hike for Domestic Helpers

DOLE Orders Wage Board to Include Possible Pay Hike for Domestic Helpers on their Study

SALARY INCREASE – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ordered RTWPB to study pay hike for the domestic helpers.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has ordered the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs) to include the study of wage increase for domestic helpers.

The wage authorities have received a suggestion to include the possible increase of domestic helper’s salary amid the surging prices of petroleum products on their review. The wage boards have been given until the end of April to submit their recommendations.

Domestic Helpers

DOLE secretary Bello urged all wage boards to include domestic helpers’ monthly wage in their study of increasing the minimum wage for all Filipino employees amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict resulting to higher fuel prices.

The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) Maria Criselfa Sy said that all workers are affected by the fuel price increases.  Currently, the mandated monthly salary of household employees ranges from P2, 000 in the Davao region to P5,000 in Metro Manila and Central Visayas, According to the NWPC.

Most domestic helpers are receiving an average of P3, 700 per month in cities and first-class municipalities while the remaining municipalities in 17 regions across the Philippines were receiving P3, 400 per month.

Domestic Helpers

The last wage hike for all workers has been implemented last 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic. It was also the year wherein Bello suggested a minimum monthly salary of P6, 000 Several labor groups have also sought an increase on current daily wage of Pinoy employees.

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called for a minimum daily pay of at least P1, 000 after demanding an increase of about P470.

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