The Philippines has increased the minimum daily wage in the capital Manila and neighbouring areas by 33 pesos (US$0.63) to counter rising prices. The increase boosts the rate to 570 pesos (US$10.88)a day for employees in the non-agricultural sector and to 533 pesos for agricultural workers, the Philippine Labour Department said in a statement. The adjustment will “protect around one million minimum wage earners” from “undue low pay” and restore “purchasing power of minimum wage earners” after the escalation of prices for basic goods, commodities and petroleum,” the department said. The region’s last daily wage increase was in November 2018, it said. Marcos asks not to be judged on his ancestors after Philippines election win The move comes as the government tries to contain inflation, which quickened to 4.9 per cent in April, the fastest pace since December 2018, on higher prices of basic commodities. Central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno said earlier this month that supply disruptions have contributed to inflationary pressure and warranted “closer monitoring” for timely intervention to prevent potential second-round effects. The daily wage rate and minimum monthly salary were also raised in Western Visayas, central Philippines, the department said, adding that this would benefit around 375,000 workers. The wage adjustments will be submitted for review and take effect 15 days after publication, the department said. The Philippines’ economy is forecast to grow at one of the fastest rates in Southeast Asia this year, after the pandemic reduced household incomes, tourists stayed away and remittances from foreign labour dried up. With recently elected President Ferdinand “Bongbong’ Marcos Jnr, domestic issues were foremost in the minds of Filipinos when they cast ballots, according to political observers. The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the country’s economy.