Nationwide P150 legislated wage hike pushed

The Federation of Free Workers (FFW) has called on the public to rally behind the P150 wage increase proposal currently under review in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, saying “the legislation is pivotal to substantially enhancing the economic conditions of our workers and their families.”

FFW National Vice President Jun M. Ramirez said the recently approved P40 wage increase for non-agricultural workers in Metro Manila offered a minor triumph to workers, since the adjustment brings the minimum wage up to P610 from P570.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) NCR director Sarah Mirasol recently announced to the media that the Regional Tripartite Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB) has approved an order granting a P40 pay hike for workers in the region.

“A ₱40 increase is a small yet significant step. It can cover the cost of a kilo of rice, with a peso or two added. We view it as a minor victory, and we prompt other Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards to expedite wage orders within their jurisdictions,” Ramirez said.

He added, however, that many workers are feeling disappointed. “The increase falls significantly short of the anticipated wage recovery of over ₱100. It also inadequately addresses the escalating cost of living in Metro Manila. The struggle for a fair, living wage continues.”

Despite this, Ramirez said workers recognize the wage increase as a beacon of hope, a testament to the change that the united efforts of workers can manifest.

“This should serve as a stepping stone towards our ultimate goal—a nationwide legislated wage hike of ₱150,” he stressed.

The FFW likewise underscored the critical role of workers’ organizing and collective bargaining in securing improved working conditions and adequate wages. “We urge all workers to unite, strengthen their collective bargaining power, and advocate for their rights.”

Atty. Sonny Matula, FFW president, said their labor bloc looks forward to the Department of Labor and Employment’s continued partnership in these efforts.

“The DOLE’s role is vital in protecting workers who form and join unions, shielding them from red-tagging, harassment, and upholding a liberal stance in certifying collective bargaining agents as the legitimate representatives of workers’ interests,” Matula said.

For his part, Ramirez enjoined all organized workers to continue lobbying for a living wage. “Mahaba pa ang laban. The ₱40 increase is a beginning, but we look at the journey ahead as long and still challenging. We stand firm in our commitment to advocate for  living wage for all Filipino workers. FFW holds that in unity lies the workers’ strength as we persist in the fight for living wage.”



More Stories