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Decision/rationale to discontinue computation of family living wage

Requested from NWPC by S. Africa at 12:47 PM on May 07, 2022.
Purpose: Research in support of wage hike demands
Date of Coverage: 06/01/2018 - 05/07/2022
Tracking no: #NWPC-633376909242

Africa 12:47 PM, May 07, 2022


May we please request minutes of the NWPC meeting where the decision was made to discontinue computation of the family living wage which was last released in 2008?

If the minutes do not reflect the rationale for the discontinuation, may we request a copy of any document explaining the reason behind the discontinuation?

Thank you!

Rodriguez 01:12 PM, May 07, 2022

May 7, 2022

Dear Sonny,

Thank you for your request dated May 07, 2022 12:47:48 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Decision/rationale to discontinue computation of family living wage.

We received your request on May 07, 2022 12:47:48 PM and will respond on or before May 27, 2022 12:47:48 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #NWPC-633376909242.

Thank you.


Christopher Rodriguez
FOI Officer

Curada 09:11 AM, May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

Dear Sonny Africa,


Thank you for your request dated May 07, 2022 12:47:48 PM under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch.

Your Request

You asked for a decision/rationale to discontinue the computation of family living wage.

Response to Request

Relative to your follow up letter dated 07 May 2022, may we inform you that the posting of family living wage (FLW) data on the NWPC website was discontinued in 2008 because the FLW estimates are not part of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) System of Designated Statistics (SDS), and the methodology developed by NWPC in 1998 to generate said data no longer captures the prevailing income and spending patterns of households. 

Please note that under Executive Order (EO) No. 352 “Designation of Statistical Activities that will Generate Critical Data for Decision-Making of the Government and the Private Sector,” the SDS is a mechanism that identifies and designates the most critical and essential statistics required for social and economic planning/analysis based on approved criteria set by the PSA Board. At present, there are 67 designated statistics/statistical activities per EO 352 and subsequent PSA Board Resolutions.

Thus, any research/data generation initiative undertaken by the NWPC on FLW is solely used by the Commission and the Regional Tripartite Wages Boards as an input to their minimum wage determination function, and not as part of the country’s official statistics for private-sector consumption. 

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