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.