The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) has convened Labor and Management Consultations to gather their respective positions and concerns on the possible wage adjustments in Metro Manila.

These series of consultations are part of the process of the Board’s wage functions under the Republic Act No. 6727 or otherwise known as The Wage Rationalization Act to determine whether there is a need for an adjustment in the current minimum wage in the metropolitan. The process may be done motu propio by the Board or by virtue of a petition(s) filed by any party.

Since the anniversary date of the current wage order in NCR (Wage Order No. NCR-22, Series of 2018) last November 22, 2018, the Board was able to receive four (4) petitions:

Petitioners Proposed Amount of Increase
Unity for Wage Increase Now (UWIN) P213.00
Metro East Labor Federation (MELF) P213.00
Solidarity of Unions in the Philippines for Empowerment & Reforms (SUPER) P213.00 – P250.00
Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) P470.00

In order to provide sufficient opportunity to both labor and management to raise their concerns, the Board was able to convene two public consultations. First was the Labor Consultation which was held last April 8, 2022 while the Employer Consultation was conducted last April 19, 2022. Both consultations were held via virtual conference. After which, a joint Public Hearing with both the Labor and the Employer was organized last May 5, 2022 at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC), Pasay City, to ensure that all sectors who stand to be directly affected are given the widest opportunity to be heard and raise their respective concerns before the Board conducts its deliberations and review for possible wage adjustment.

The Board assures that in the upcoming review and deliberations, they will exhaust all means to capture all relevant and economically feasible standards set by the law to maintain balance and safeguard the interest of both labor and employer.

END / Jackilyn G. Borja