New minimum wage in COLA effective on Labor Day in Davao Region!

By May 1, minimum wage earners in Davao Region will get a P10 increase in their Cost of Living Allowance (COLA).
The additional P10 in the worker’s COLA will increase the minimum wage of the region from the P260- P291 to P270-P301.
This is the second tranche of the P15 COLA increase set under Wage Order No. RB XI-17 issued last December 2011. The first tranche of P5 was implemented in January 1 of this year.
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-XI) issued the Wage Order No. RB XI-17, which sets the pay of non-agricultural workers and those employed in the retail and service establishment with more than 10 workers to P301 per day.
This consists of a basic minimum wage pay of P286 and aggregate COLA of P15.00. Meanwhile, those in the agricultural sector will get P276 and those working in retail and service establishments with less than ten workers will receive P275.
According to Department of Labor and Employment – XI regional director Joffrey Suyao, the RTWPB initiated a hearing to determine the necessity of a wage increase in the region last September 2011.
The findings prompted the board to issue such COLA adjustment.
Suyao said numerous hearings and deliberations were conducted and tripartite board members were armed with current data of regional economic indicators to ascertain the levels of adjustment.
He said the wage order will help minimum wage earners get reprieve from dealing with increasing prices of basic commodities.

12,000 vacancies up for Labor Day jobs fair in Davao City!

Around 12,423 vacancies from the locality and abroad will be offered on Labor Day for many job seekers in Davao Region.
The Department of Labor and Employment in the region will bring these employment openings in two jobs fair events on May 1, 2012 to mark the celebration of Labor Day.
Allan Baban, officer-in-charge of DOLE-XI’s technical services support department, said the vacancies are from 88 local and overseas employers who have signified joining the jobs fair.
As of today, April 23, 4,878 vacant positions have been submitted to DOLE-XI by 46 local firms, while 7,545 jobs have been offered by employers abroad, Baban told the media during today’s Kapihan sa SM City Davao.
He said they are still urging more companies to post their vacancies during the jobs fair events to be held at SM City Mall and Gaisano Mall in Davao City, with the theme: “Pagtulungan. Pagbabago. Disenteng Trabaho.”
DOLE-XI’s information officer Joy Flordelis said most of the local positions offered include call center agents, office workers, factory workers and skilled workers such as engineers.
The participating overseas employers mostly need domestic helpers, construction workers, skilled engineers in all fields and experienced nurses, Flordelis stated.
She told the Philippine Information Agency that they are projecting 15 percent of the total registrants during the jobs fair to be hired on-the-spot.
Apart from the jobs fair, different DOLE-attached agencies will render their respective services in a one-stop-shop center to be put up during the event at Gaisano Mall of Davao.
Flordelis said the participating agencies include the Social Security System, PhilHealth, National Bureau of Investigation, Department of Foreign Affairs and National Statistics Office.
Meanwhile, Baban disclosed that about P2 million to P3 million cash grants are expected to be released also during the jobs fair, as livelihood assistance to some ten beneficiaries.
He said that most of the recipients are out-of-school youth and farmer women from across the region
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