Category Archives: HR and Labor

Labor Advisory No. 5, series of 2019: Payment of Wages for the Regular Holidays on April 9, 18 and 19, 2019 and Special (Non-working) Day on April 20, 2019 (full text)


Series of 2019

Payment of Wages for the Regular Holidays on April 9, 18 and 19, 2019 and Special (Non-working) Day on April 20, 2019

Pursuant to Proclamation No. 555 issued by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on August 15, 2018, the following rules for pay on regular holidays and special (non-working) days shall apply: Continue reading

Proclamation No. 555 (full text): Declaring the Regular and Special National Holidays for 2019

[On 15 August 2018, Malacanang issued Proclamation No. 555, declaring the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2019.]





WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9422 dated 24 July 2007 amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays; Continue reading

Primer on the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law (Republic Act No. 11210)

[On 20 February 2019, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law (Republic Act No. 11210, An Act Increasing the Maternity Leave Period to One Hundred Five [105] Days for Female Workers with an Option to Extend for an Additional Thirty [30] Days Without Pay, and Granting an Additional Fifteen [15] Days for Solo Mothers, and for Other Purposes). R.A. 111210 is a consolidation of Senate Bill No. 1305 and House Bill No. 4113.] Continue reading

New Minimum Wage: P537 in the National Capital Region (Per Wage Order No. NCR-22)

[P537, the new minimum wage for non-agricultural workers in the National Capital Region (NCR), was announced by Secretary Silvestre Bello III of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The P25 increase (PHP512 + P25) is contained in Wage Order No. NCR-22. 16 out of the 17 Regional Boards issued new wage orders, granting minimum wage increases. This post will be updated to include the full text of the Wage Orders and date of effectivity.] Continue reading

Primer on the Batas Kasambahay or Domestic Workers Act (Republic Act No. 10361)

In a move meant to better protect domestic workers, the Philippine Congress passed a law known as the “Domestic Workers Act” or “Batas Kasambahay”. On 18 January 2013, President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act No. 10361 (full text; see also Implementing Rules and Regulations), instituting policies for the protection and welfare of domestic helpers. Considering that it equally affects the domestic helpers and the employers, let’s get to know what’s provided in this law. Continue reading

Summary of the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law

The “105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law” is not yet a law, even if the bicameral report has been ratified by both houses of Congress [Update: See Primer on 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law, Republic Act No. 11210]. It has to be signed by the President (or lapse into law) and the President has the power to veto certain provisions. Nevertheless, let us summarize what we know so far of the version ratified by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Continue reading

Primer on Wage Order No. NCR-19 (15-Peso Increase in Minimum Wage)

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-NCR (RTWPB-NCR) has approved Wage Order No. NCR-19 (full text), providing that all private sector minimum wage workers and employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) shall receive an increase in the existing Basic Wage in the amount of FIFTEEN PESOS (P15.00) per day. The new daily minimum wage rates of covered workers in the private sector in the NCR are as follows: Continue reading

The System of Fixing the Minimum Wage in the Philippines

Calls for the increase of minimum wages have surfaced with the constant increase of oil prices. This increase in the prices of gasoline and diesel almost always have the effect of raising all prices of goods and commodities. How is minimum wage fixed? What is the process in fixing the minimum wage? Let’s have a brief discussion on minimum wage determination. Continue reading

P15 Minimum Wage Hike for NCR (Wage Order No. NCR-19, full text)

A 15-peso increase minimum wage was approved by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) and announced by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. “The new minimum wage in the National Capital Region has been raised to P481 for workers in the non-agriculture sector and P444 for workers in the agricultural sector. The minimum wage hike is expected to be affirmed by the NWPC this week, and the RTWPB will publish it, after which it will take effect 15 days after its publication,” DOLE-NCR Regional Director Alex Avila said in a report. This issuance is Wage Order No. NCR-19, reproduced in full below (see also Primer on Wage Order NCR-19). Continue reading