Wage hike long overdue, says bishop

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

MANILA, Sept. 13, 2016— A Catholic bishop has thrown his support behind a proposal for a P125 across-the-board wage increase in the private sector.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said the amount may not be enough but it could help ordinary workers cope up with their daily needs.

“It is already better than nothing,” Pabillo said.

“Our call has always been to increase the salaries of workers because of the rising prices of basic commodities,” he said.

The prelate said the wage increase proposal is “long overdue” because there’s a lot of low income people.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has ordered the review on the legislative measures proposing for a P125 wage hike

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III instructed all Regional Wage Boards to convene and study the measures, saying that all workers “deserve equal treatment under the law.”

The consolidated findings from the consultations conducted by the 17 RWB will be submitted to the DOLE chief not later than Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Various labor groups have consistently lobbied for a salary increase since the 13th Congress in 2006.

“We foresee that the same measures will be re-filed in the 17th Congress,” said Bello. (CBCPNews)

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