While the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has hiked wages annually, the yearly increase only came in measly P20 increments. As a result, the minimum wage in the National Capital Region only rose by 4.87 percent on average each year.
Several labor groups have repeatedly called on the President to approve an across-the-board nationwide wage increase amounting to as much as P125, but this has been thumbed down by Aquino because it would reportedly hurt businesses.
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