DOLE: Bus drivers, conductors to get fixed pay starting March

Robie de Guzman   •   March 5, 2019   •   1759

A bus driver

MANILA, Philippines — Bus companies will soon be obliged to pay a fixed salary and performance-based incentive to their drivers and conductors.

Under the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) guidelines No. 1 series of 2019, the new pay scheme is set to take effect by mid-March.

“The fixed-wage component shall be an amount mutually agreed upon by the public utility bus owners and/or operators and the driver/conductor and shall be paid in legal tender. It shall in no case be lower than the applicable minimum wage for work performed during hours/day,” the NWPC guidelines stated.

Bus operators will be obliged to implement a mutually-agreed upon pay package for drivers and conductors, based on their revenue, ridership, safety and specific conditions of routes.

The fixed pay should also not be lower than minimum pay in the region of operation.

Meanwhile, the performance-based component will be based on business performance, safety performance and other factors.

The NWPC also said that bus drivers and conductors are also entitled to receive other wage-related benefits such as overtime pay, night shift differential, service incentive leave, 13th-month pay and holiday and premium pay, among others.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned that failure to comply with the policy will result in the revocation of their franchise. – Robie de Guzman

P20.00 minimum wage hike for Central Luzon workers takes effect August 1

Marje Pelayo   •   August 1, 2018

Canned-food factory workers


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Wages and Productivity Commission published the implementation of the P20.00 minimum wage hike for workers in Central Luzon.

The wage increase officially takes effect Wednesday, August 1.

According to Wage Order No. RBIII-21, the daily minimum wage for workers in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales will be raised from the previous P380 to P400 for non-agriculture and from P350 to P370 for agriculture workers.

Retail and service workers will receive an adjusted minimum wage of P389 from the previous P369.

Meanwhile, workers in the province of Aurora will receive the wage increase in two tranches. Following the implementation of the order, they will receive an additional P10 to the current daily minimum wage while the next P10 will be added after six months.

Currently, Aurora workers receive a P329 daily wage for the non-agriculture sector; P314 for agriculture sector; and P264 for retail and service sectors. – Marje Pelayo



Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get pay increase

Marje Pelayo   •   July 12, 2018

ILOILO CITY, Philippines – Minimum wage earners in Western Visayas get additional pay starting Thursday (July 12) after the National Wages and Productivity Commission approved on June 8 the petition for a pay hike.

From the current P323.50, workers in non-agriculture, industrial and commercial sectors will receive a P365 daily minimum wage.

Meanwhile, agricultural workers will receive a P295 daily minimum wage, an increase of P23.50 to the current P271.50 daily pay.

Plantation workers who earn P281.50 a day will start receiving a P295 daily minimum wage.

“More or less the wage increase here in Western Visayas is okay for the employee because it’s less more than the poverty threshold and afford naman ng employer,” said DOLE 6 Regional Director Atty. Johnson Cañete.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) considered in allowing the wage increase was the P289 daily poverty threshold in the province that is no longer enough due to the increasing prices of commodities and the rising inflation.

“Kung ako po ay trabahante, ang sweldo ko ay dapat hindi bababa sa poverty threshold because kung ang sweldo ko ay mababa pa sa poverty threshold parang wala rin akong trabaho na nangyayari,” explained Cañete

DOLE warns that failure to impose the minimum wage increase would mean a criminal complaint against the company. Meanwhile, newly established firms, those affected by calamities and firms who cannot afford a wage increase may file a petition.

Meanwhile, pay increase for workers in Aklan is still pending due to a moratorium on the six-month Boracay rehabilitation work but DOLE assured that they may expect the minimum wage increase by November. – Lalaine Moreno / Marje Pelayo

P85 na umento sa sahod sa mga manggagawa sa Metro Manila, ihihirit ng TUCP

admin   •   April 3, 2013

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)

Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)

MANILA, Philippines – Maghahain ng petisyon ngayong araw ang Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) sa National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) upang hilingin ang pagpapatupad ng umento sa sahod.

Hihilingin ng TUCP ang 85-pesos na dagdag sa sweldo ng mga manggagawa sa Metro Manila.

Giit ng grupo, hindi na sapat para sa pang-araw araw na pangangailangan ng isang pamilya na may anim na miyembro ang umiiral na P466 na daily minimum wage sa Metro Manila.

Dagdag pa ng grupo, patuloy nang tumataas ang presyo ng mga pangunahing bilihin at serbisyo bukod pa sa nakaambang pagtaas ng singil sa pasahe, matrikula at kuryente. (UNTV News)


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