Labor representative Wennie Sancho saidthe board will already have a decision on October 21 and 22, after two-daydiscussions to be held in Iloilo City. The new wage order will then take effect15 days after publication. “We are bracing for an increase lowerthan P41.50 per day but not as low as P10 per day,” Sancho said. (With areport from PNA/PN) BACOLOD City – The Regional TripartiteWages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) will hold the final deliberations on theproposed minimum wage increase in Western Visayas next week. The group sought a P50 increase forworkers in the plantation and non-plantation sector and PHP60 for commercialand industrial sector workers and included a special provision for P80 increasefor workers in Boracay Island, Aklan. Currently, minimum wage earners in WesternVisayas receive P295 to P365 per day, including the cost of living allowance.In the last Wage Order 24, minimum wage earners received an additional pay ofP13.50 to P41.50 per day. On July 1, the New and IndependentWorkers Organization (NIWO) – a rank-and-file union of Coca-Cola BeveragesPhilippines Inc.-Bacolod headed by Emmanuel Bandola – filed the petition forP50 to P60 wage increase as the existing Wage Order 24 already expired on July16. Sancho, who is also thesecretary-general of the General Alliance of Workers Associations in NegrosOccidental, said private sector workers can expect a lower increase this yearamid the opposition manifested by the management. “By October 22, we will know how muchthe increase is,” he said.