Corruption in the Philippines

Inspired by Harrell's 1980 article, I researched current Philippine wage statistics. My research is found below. The first section is what the government seems to estimate a family of 6 needs to live comfortably (middle to upper-middle class) on a daily basis, including a 10% savings program. Then a little further research came up with "Nominal and Real Wages" The Nominal wages are about half (or less) of the "Living Wages." Presumably the Living Wages are expecting there to be at least 2 or maybe 3 wage earners in a family. The Real wages are almost half of the Nominal wages.


These are the DAILY wages for the entire working family. At a glance you can see $270 - $570 seems to be the monthly wage. Of course, taxes would be paid out of these amounts and most preachers that I knew there did not pay taxes on their US support.

I'm not sure what to make of the stats. I included the website information in case you want to go there. There are also Minimum wage stats which seem to line up with the Nominal Wages. Maybe Real is then what people actually take home. I also found stats for different occupations wages for June 2004. Medical doctors and college professors are taking home P17,000 per month ($325). That may be the better document to draw comparisons from.


Glenn Hamilton


Estimates of Family Living Wage Per Day

For families in the 41st -70th percentiles (middle to upper middle class)
(Family Size is 6)

May 2006 estimates from Philippine Dept of Labor and Employment

US $ conversions made on for 7-24-06 ($1=P52.1994)


Region            Pesos  US$

NCR               749      14.35

CAR               725      13.89

Region I          702      13.45

Region II        621      11.90

Region III       642      12.30

Region !V       660      12.64

Region V        628      12.03

Region VI       553      10.59

Region VII      725      13.89

Region VIII    469       8.98

Region IX       655      12.55

Region X        627      12.01

Region XI       623      11.94

Region XII      600      11.49

ARMM           981      18.79





      *Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon
       **Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan
      ***South Cotabato, (North) Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos






May 2006
(2000 = 100)























































* Includes COLAs
a/ Highest nominal wage, May 2006.
b/ Based on May 2006.CPI.

Source: National Wages and Productivity Commission
             Department of Labor and Employment

Posted: 30 June 2006