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Wage hike set for Soccsksargen workers

Minimum wage earners in the Soccsksargen region will be getting additional pay starting next month after its regional wage board issued its latest wage order.

Wage Order No. RBXII-18, which was approved last Sept. 9, 2016, raised the minimum wage for workers in the non-agriculture sector in Region 12 by P20, while those in the agriculture sector will get a P15 pay hike.

It also integrated the existing P5 cost of living allowance (COLA) of minimum wage earners to their basic pay.

Lastly, it also simplified the wage classification in Region 12 to now only include non-agriculture sector and agriculture sector.

Region 12 Wage Board Secretary Jessie Dela Cruz said the latest wage adjustment will take effect 15 days after the publication of the order last Sept. 24, 2016.

Once it is implemented, the minimum wage rate in Region 12 for non-agriculture sectors will be P295, while the rate for the agriculture sector will be P272.