POPCOM cites need for regional wage increase and policy review

INCREASE REGIONAL SALARIES. The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) wants to increase the regional wage rate to increase the quality of life of Filipino families. In a message to reporters on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, POPCOM chief Dr Antonio Perez III said increasing regional wages would help Filipino families lead a more decent lifestyle. (Photo courtesy of POPCOM)

MANILA – The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) on Wednesday cited the need to review regional wage policies to help Filipinos earn a “living wage” and not just a minimum wage.

POPCOM chief Juan Antonio Perez III told reporters that progressive regions offer higher wages and more work opportunities than most regions where jobs are scarce and wages lower.

“This is why workers are migrating to areas such as Calabarzon, the National Capital Region (NCR) and central Luzon. We are therefore asking our regional wages commissions to study and help improve this situation, which will have a positive impact on the condition of our families, ”he added.

Perez said it will bring real development to Filipino families and contribute to the economic development of the country as a whole.

“Now is the time to discuss not only family planning, but also other goals that can help Filipinos, and one of them is their ‘living wage.’ This is our message for this year’s POPDEV week, ”he said.

The POPCOM-United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) -University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) study showed that as the regional minimum wage increases, the support ratio (SR) for Filipino families increases. improves, allowing two workers per family to support two children, with some savings set aside.

POPCOM said the situation was worsening outside the NCR and Calabarzon.

Meanwhile, Assistant Professor Michael Dominic del Mundo of the Population Institute of the Philippines (UPPI), citing Perez, said there is a “significant positive correlation” between a region’s minimum wage and its SR. , and as the minimum wage increases, so does the SR, and vice versa.

Demographic dividend

In a study commissioned by POPCOM, it was revealed that the income families need to survive and thrive vary by region.

For the Philippines to meet its demographic dividend by 2025, the agency revealed that at least 1 million more women must join the country’s family planning program. He said the fertility target of 2.1 or less has already been met in Calabarzon and the National Capital Region (NCR).

However, the report also showed that most regions still have nearly three families of children, with the Bangsamoro region having four.
In the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), couples are required to have four jobs at current wage rates to support families with four children.

In other regions such as the Zamboanga Peninsula, Bicol, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Soccsksargen and Davao, families with three children need three jobs given their respective minimum wages to make ends meet. . (ANP)

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