CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Household helpers or “kasambahays” in Central Luzon will get an additional PHP500 in their monthly pay effective this month.
However, it does not include service providers, family driver, children under foster family arrangement and others who perform work occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis.
The last wage hike for the “kasambahay” in Central Luzon was in 2017.
The DOLE official reminded workers, including domestic workers, that they may file a complaint at the nearest DOLE office against their employers who will violate or refuse to abide by the minimum wage hikes.
Meanwhile, the PHP20 wage increase for minimum earners in Central Luzon also took effect this January.
Under the new wage order, minimum earners in Central Luzon in the non-agriculture category and establishment with total assets of PHP30 million or more will receive a PHP420 basic pay per day.
On the other hand, employees working in the non-agriculture category and establishments with assets of less than PHP30 million will have a PHP413 basic pay per day.
This new wage hike adjustment applies for minimum wage earners in the provinces of Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan and Nueva Ecija.
For the province of Aurora, the daily minimum wage will be PHP369.
Under the agriculture category, the new wage hike for plantation and non-plantation workers in Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, will be PHP390 and PHP374, respectively.
Workers in the plantation and non-plantation in Aurora, on the other hand, will be PHP354 and PHP342, respectively.
Meanwhile, for the retail or service category with 16 or more workers minimum wage is PHP409 and PHP395 for those with less than 16 workers — for both six provinces; and PHP304 in Aurora.
“The board did its best to balance both the interest of workers and employers. The additional take home pay of workers is in response to inflation and rising cost of living without, of course, impeding the growth of businesses,” Campita added. (PNA)