BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
The National Wages and Productivity Council has advised the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board to review the socio-economic conditions in Western Visayas that could support the granting of the Pandemic Emergency Relief Assistance to workers.
Labor representative Wennie Sancho said that the Board will then decide as a collegial body whether it will commence the wage determination process motu proprio.
Sancho said the resolution on the PERA will be known during the regular meeting of the RTWPB6 on May 12.
In its meeting on April 8, the two management representatives to the Board, Luis Estrella and Reynaldo Ambao, manifested their opposition to the manifestation of labor for a P20 to P25 PERA as an immediate economic assistance.
The RTWPB forwarded the appeal for approval of PERA to the NWPC for disposition.
But the NWPC said that the labor sector manifestation and position paper could not be likened to a petition as those were merely seeking an RTWPB’s discussion on the propriety of granting PERA amid the regional socio-economic conditions, Sancho said. The NWPC supported the conclusion in the submitted position paper that the 10 percent erosion of the value of the purchasing power of nominal wage earners can be used as a warning signal to review whether the prevailing minimum wage still serves its purpose in protecting the vulnerable workers from the vagaries of the market, he said.*