Cebu City bus drivers, conductors to receive monthly salary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2019   •   1270

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Region-7 (NTWPB) has ordered bus operators in Cebu City to provide their drivers and conductors a fixed monthly salary plus other benefits including overtime pay, night differential and other incentives.

NTWBP Region-7 secretary Grace Carreon said that the directive aims to avoid the “boundary system” which often leads to accidents as drivers are forced to work long hours.

“DOLE Department Order 118-12 was issued because of safety considerations that’s why we will give premium to the safety measure,” she added.

Under the boundary system the driver pays the vehicle’s owner/operator a fixed amount commonly called “boundary”, for the use of the unit. Whatever he earns in excess of that amount constitutes as his income.

Chris dela Calzada has been a bus driver for 18 years. He often works overtime but never earns enough to provide for his family.

“Minsan malaki ang kinikita, minsan wala, minsan wala kaming naiuuwi sa amin kasi depende sa dami ng pasahero, (Sometimes the pay is enough but other times we take home nothing. It depends on the number of passengers)” he said. Dela Calzada is looking forward to the implementation of the directive for the assurance of a monthly income.

Bus operators who cannot provide minimum wage and benefits to bus drivers and conductors can no longer renew their franchises.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Ryan Mallari)

Mayor Isko dismisses MTPB enforcer for negotiating with erring bus driver

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 7, 2019

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has dismissed a Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) enforcer for trying to negotiate with an erring bus driver.

The said driver had no license and his bus was illegally loading passengers around the Lawton area.

According to the enforcer, he only wanted to help the driver.

Mayor Isko doubted his excuse and immediately relieved the enforcer from his duties.

“Pahinga na iyan. Ayaw niyo magtino. Kunin niyo iyong ticket niyan (He has to take a leave. You don’t want to work ethically? Retrieve his ticket),” he said. “Saan kayo nakakita, aregluhan ng lisensiya sa loob ng bus? Ang lisensiya mo nasa city hall (where in the world did you see a settlement of apprehension being done inside a bus? Your license is at the city hall),”—AAC (with reports from Roderic Mendoza)

House Bill seeks higher salary, benefits for media workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019

House Bill 2476 has been filed in Congress seeking higher salary and additional benefits for media workers in the country.

Based on the security of tenure for media workers, authored by ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Niña Taduran, the minimum wage for media workers will range from P20,000-P60,000 depending on their position.

Taduran also said the bill will also open for work promotions.

“Hindi po kayo forever magiging PA lang o cameraman lang kung gusto niyo ma-promote pwede, paano? Mage-exam po kayo through this Commission on Media Workers, (You won’t forever be a personal assistant or cameraman. You can be promoted if you want, how? You will take an exam through this Commission on Media Workers),” she said.

The House Bill 2476 will also seek to establish the Commission on Press Freedom and Media Security which will be under the office of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

Media employees, the proposed bill states, will also have opportunities for scholarship grants, exchange programs, and awards.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)

Better benefits for brgy. health workers, nutrition scholars—Sen. Ejercito

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2019

Senator JV Ejercito

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Reelectionist Senator JV Ejercito vows to push for better compensation and benefits for Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) and Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNS).

This is after the Universal Health Care was passed into law.

Look: Benefits under the Universal Health Care Act

According to Senator Ejercito, the BHW and BNS are on the front line of the government’s health service. However, they are overworked and under-compensated.

“Hindi ba kayo voluntary lamang, nabubuhay lamang sa allowance? Pero dahil sa inyong pagnanais na makapagsilbi sa bayan, ginagawa pa rin ang trabaho, (Are you not just volunteers who live only on allowance? But because of your willingness to serve the country, you continue to do your duties)” he said during a speech in Batangas on Monday.

Ejercito added that the said measure will improve the quality of life of BHWs and BNS.—Aileen Cerrudo

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