What is "CASH WAGE"?

The minimum wage rates prescribed in Section 1 hereof shall be basic, cash wages without deducting therefrom whatever benefits, supplements or allowances which the employees enjoy free of charge aside from the basic pay. An employer may provide subsidized meals and snacks to his employees provided that the subsidy shall not be less than 30% of the fair and reasonable value of such facilities. In such case, the employer may deduct from the wages of the employees not more than 70% of the value of the meals and snacks enjoyed by the employees, provided that such deduction is with the written authorization of the employees concerned. (Implementing Rules of the Labor Code of the Philippines, Rule VII-A: WAGES, Memorandum Circular No. 2, November 4, 1992)