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LOOK: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) CALABARZON, through its Batangas Provincial Office (BPO), conducted wage orientations in Sto. Tomas City and Lipa City, Batangas, July 13.

During the orientation, Atty. Rio Ariel Soriano, Board Secretary of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (RTWPB), discussed the specific features of Wage Order No. IV-A-19, specifically the new minimum wage for domestic workers amounting to Php 5,000 for the cities and first-class municipalities, also referred to as the Growth Corridor Areas and Php 4,000 for Emerging Growth Areas and Resource-Based Areas.

Atty. Soriano also reiterated the Php 56 total wage increase for Batangas Province, specifically for minimum wage earners.

He emphasized that the wage increase would be implemented in two payment tranches. The first tranch of Php 28 already took effect on June 30, 2022, while the second tranch will take effect on December 30, 2022.

Atty. Soriano also discussed filing an exemption from the wage increase for select establishments.

Consequently, Mr. Gener Rivera, Labor and Employment Officer III, explained the suggested formula for the department's Wage Distortion and other Productivity Incentive Programs.

After the discussions, Ms. Cristy Barayang, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of DOLE BPO, moderated an open forum with the resource speakers and participants.

DOLE BPO held the morning face-to-face session with 56 participants at Avance Pilipinas Inc. in Sto. Tomas City.

Meanwhile, for the afternoon session held at LIMA Experience Center, The Outlets in Lipa City, DOLE BPO conducted a hybrid orientation, utilizing both face-to-face and online platforms with 52 attendees from different companies.

(Report from April Rose Magpantay)



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