MALACANANG will let the regional wage boards decide on the petitions seeking an increase in the minimum daily wage.
“Meron naman tayong wage board, ‘di ba. So whatever petitions they will have to file have to go through the wage board,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said during a press briefing yesterday.
Asked if the Palace would support the call of workers for a salary increase, Panelo said it depends on the wage boards.
“Nasa wage board iyan. Kasi ang wage board ang magde-determine niyan eh, kung kailangan o kung hindi depende sa circumstances surrounding whatever petition they have in mind,” he said.
He added the regional wage boards know their job.
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines has filed a petition seeking for an increase in the daily wage in Metro Manila from P537 to P1,247.
On the other hand, the Kilusang Mayo Uno is pushing P750 as the daily national minimum wage.
Senator Joel Villanueva, Senate labor committee chairman, said wage increases should be studied well and evaluated by the Regional Wages and Productivity Board.
“The petition (by TUCP) put an issue of prevalence of malnutrition, which is a valid concern than just outrightly dismissing it,” he said.
He added a study by Save the Children Philippines in 2015 placed the country’s stunting rate at 33% which of course is very relevant to wages and whether workers and their families’ are nourished.