Summary of Wage Legislations Granting Increases in the Basic Minimum Wage (1951 – 1989)

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EFFECTIVE
DATE
ORDER/ACT/DECREE MINIMUM WAGE
NON-AGRICULTURE AGRICULTURE
METRO
MANILA
OUTSIDE
METRO MANILA
PLANTATION NON-
PLANTATION
4 Aug 1951 Minimum Wage Law (R.A. 602) P4.00 P4.00 P2.50 P2.50
8 Aug 1963 Agricultural Land Reform Code   (R.A. 3844) 3.50 3.50
21 Apr 1965 Minimum Wage Law Amendment   (R.A. 4180) 6.00 6.00 3.50 3.50
18 Jun 1966 Minimum Wage Law Amendment   (R.A. 4707) 6.00 6.00
17 Jun 1970 Minimum Wage Law Amendment   (R.A. 6129) 8.00 8.00 4.75 4.75
1 Jun 1976 Presidential Decree 928 10.00 9.00 7.00 6.00
1 Jul 1978 Presidential Decree 1389 11.00 10.00 8.00 7.00
1 Apr 1979 Presidential Decree 1614 13.00 12.00 10.00 9.00
18 Aug 1980 Presidential Decree 1713 14.00 13.00 11.00 10.00
1 Jan 1981 Presidential Decree 1753 18.00 17.00 15.00 14.00
6 Jul 1983 Wage Order No. 2 19.00 18.00 16.00 15.00
1 Nov 1983 Wage Order No. 3 20.00 19.00 17.00 16.00
1 Dec 1983 Wage Order No. 3 21.00 20.00 18.00 17.00
1 May 1984 Wage Order No. 4 32.00 31.00 27.00 21.00
16 Jun 1984 Wage Order No. 5 35.00 34.00 30.00 24.00
1 Nov 1984 Wage Order No. 6 37.00 36.00 32.00 26.00
1 May 1987 Executive Order No. 178 46.00
41.50 a/
45.00
40.50 a/
38.50
35.00 a/
30.00
28.00 a/
1 Oct 1987 Executive Order No. 178 54.00
46.00 a/
53.00
45.00 a/
44.00
38.50 a/
33.50
30.00 a/
14 Dec 1987 Republic Act No. 6640 64.00 64.00 54.00 43.00
1 Jan 1988 Executive Order No. 178 54.00 a/ 53.00 a/ 44.00 a/ 33.50 a/
1 Jul 1989 Republic Act No. 6727 89.00 89.00 79.00
74.00 b/
58.00

a/ Applicable to workers in establishments with less than 30 employees and with paid-up capital of P500,00 or less

b/ Applicable to workers in plantation establishments with annual gross sales of less than P5 M.

Note:

COLA integration into basic wage was done in three (3) phases; May 1, 1987 for COLAs under WO Nos. 1 & 2; October 1, 1987 for COLA under WO No. 3; and January 1, 1988 for COLAs under WO Nos. 5 & 6 per E.O. No. 178.

 

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