Zambales Rep. Mitos Magsaysay welcomed the approval of the much awaited wage increase in the National Capital Region, and expressed hope that other regions in the country will fasttrack their deliberations and come out with wage orders soon.
“I know that the amount is really far from what labor groups are expecting as of now but this does not mean that they should stop appealing for what is due them,” she said. “While the P13-P21 per day is not much to celebrate, it could still help,” she said.
Magsaysay said that the news comes as a welcome development after transport groups recently returned the minimum fare to P8 and the P6.50 for seniors and students following the price rollback implemented by oil firms throughout the country.
“It is my hope that the Labor department, through its regional wage boards also recognize the need to help employees in the other regions, cope with inflation and mounting expenses through speeding up the process of increasing their income, especially now that the new schoolyear is just around the corner and expenses at this time is high for most families with children. Filipinos are skilled and hardworking and they should be given due compensation for their efforts,” she said.#