Tacloban City – The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in close coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII successfully conducted the first leg of public consultation on minimum wage issue last April 26, 2019 at Sabin Resort Hotel in Ormoc City.

With an overwhelming attendance of not less one hundred eighty (180) participants coming from both labor and management sectors in West Leyte, the wage board secretary, Mr. Reynaldo Soliveres provided an overview of the activity and the workshop mechanics.

Director Yahya A. Centi, the chairman of the RTWPB, encouraged all the participants to open their minds to whatever topics will be presented so that the aims of the consultation will be attained.

“We are here to know your sentiments on the issue of setting the minimum wage. Please do not hesitate to speak up because that is what we came here for”, said Centi.

Members of the wage board likewise presented updates on different factors which may affect the setting of minimum wage.

Director Celerina Bato of the Department of Trade and Industry presented updates on the prices of basic good commodities and its suggested retail price while Director Meylene Rosales of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) shared the latest economic condition of the region as well as its implications on the Ambisyon Natin 2040 which is defined as “Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay.

During the workshop, participants were made to answer a uniform set of questions that focus on the minimum wage issue. Some participants were able to discuss their answers in the open forum and majority of them were in favor of increasing the current minimum wage of Eastern Visayas.

In his closing remarks, labor sector representative, Atty. Miguel Tezon emphasized that efforts like the conduct of consultation are done for the benefit of both employer and employees. He closed in saying, “I want all of you to be happy.”

Another series of consultations are already set in different parts of the region this May prior to the public hearing to be conducted in Tacloban City on June. #