The Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment has instructed employers on Boracay Island, Aklan to implement the daily minimum wage increase that took effect on January 27.
Wage Order No. 24 was approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWB)-6 in June 2018. The measure provides that a wage increase is to be implemented in Boracay. The measure should take effect three months after the island’s reopening, which happened last October.
Given the temporary closure of the popular tourist destination island for six-months and the non-operation of its establishments for this period, the board delayed the implementation of the wage increase. Other areas in Western Visayas already implemented the pay hike starting last July 12.
No wage increase and provision of cost of living allowance was enforced in the three barangays of Malay town, including Boracay island, for three months since its reopening to give newly reopened establishments a window to adjust to the new measure.
According to DOLE-6 Regional Director and chair of the RTWPB-6 Cyril Ticao, the labor agency on Monday issued notices to employers on the island-resort of the pay increase measure being effective
Wage Order No. 24 set the new minimum wage rates, including Cost of Living Allowance, at P295 and P365 per day. This is an increase of P13.50 to P41.5 per day.
Tiaco said that workers in Boracay may report their employers to DOLE-6 for a failure to implement the wage hike. An inspection will be conducted to validate the complaint.
Due process of investigation will be given to erring establishments. If found non-compliant with the Wage Order, businesses will be ordered to pay the retroactive amount of increase owed their workers.
“If ever they fail, we will issue an order requiring them for double indemnity,” Ticao added.