DOLE reminds employers to observe holiday pay rules on Chinese New Year

Robie de Guzman   •   January 23, 2020   •   705

Filipino-Chinese revelers scramble to get candies in celebration of the Chinese New Year at Manila’s Chinatown, Philippines, 08 February 2016. Filipino-Chinese communities welcome the Year of the Monkey, holding various activities and practices traditionally believed to bring good fortune for revelers. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday reminded employers to follow the rules on wages for workers who will be on duty during the celebration of Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 25.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said workers who will report to work on Saturday, which is a special non-working day, will get full pay plus 30 percent of their basic wage.

In Labor Advisory No. 2 issued on January 20, DOLE said that employees who will work on Chinese New Year shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic wage in the first eight hours. Their basic wage shall be multiplied by 130 percent plus cost of living adjustment or allowance (COLA).  

If they work in excess of eight hours, they will be paid an additional 30 percent on their hourly rate. 

For work done during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they shall be paid an additional 50 percent of their basic wage on the first eight hours of work, and if done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), they shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate. 

Thus, the computation will be ‘hourly rate of the basic wage x 150 percent x 130 percent x number of hours work.’

“If the employee did not work, the ‘no work, no pay’ principle shall apply unless there is favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day,” reads the advisory.

The pay rules for January 25 special non-working day is pursuant to Proclamation No. 845 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte in November 2019.

DOLE says nearly 200,000 workers received cash aid from gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Close to 200,000 workers have already received cash aid from the government’s assistance programs to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.

In a report, DOLE said around P622 million in assistance funds had been distributed to beneficiaries of the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), and the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD)-Barangay ko, Bahay ko (BKBK) program.

The department said that as of April 4, Saturday, around 102,895 workers from the formal sector have received P5,000 cash assistance under CAMP while nearly 80,000 informal sector employees availed of the TUPAD BKBK program.

DOLE expressed hope to aid mode than 350,000 formal and informal sector workers by the middle of the month under its assistance programs.

The agency also said it would need another P5 billion for the remainder of the month to help more than workers who are currently struggling due to the effects of the enhanced community quarantine against coronavirus.

Based on their field monitoring reports, the number of workers in need of assistance has ballooned to over 600,000.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III earlier reiterated that DOLE’s one-time cash assistance for workers amid COVID-19 worries is different from the government’s subsidy program for low-income families to be distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other concerned agencies mandated in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DOLE: Workers may directly file for P5,000 cash aid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 1, 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said employees may apply for the government’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) financial assistance on their own.

In a press briefing on Tuesday (March 31), DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III told worker to submit the CAMP application themselves if their employers have not submitted or refused to submit it.

Bello said they will send the money through money remittance service.

“We won’t have them go through their employers anymore,” he said.

READ: DOLE assures gov’t assistance for local, overseas workers

To avail the program or any other inquiries regarding the cash assistance, workers can visit their website, official Facebook page or contact them at DOLE Hotline: 1349.

Meanwhile, Bello reminds employers to submit their reports so that the Labor Department can extend their assistance through CAMP.

“We call on employers to please send your payroll at the soonest possible time for us to see the list of your workers that will receive the P5,000 cash assistance,” he said.

CAMP offers a one-time P5,000 financial support to employees of companies or business establishments affected by the the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As of March 31, our field monitoring already recorded more than 630,000 workers displaced either by reason of temporary closure or flexible work arrangements as reported by 15,213 establishments. Of these figures, 169,232 belong to the informal sector,” DOLE said in a statement. AAC

DOLE assures gov’t assistance for local, overseas workers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 27, 2020

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured that local and overseas workers affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will receive government assistance.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III called out to employers in the private sectors as well as OFWs to register to their programs that provide case assistance.

“DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measure Program or CAMP offers one-time five thousand pesos financial support to employees of companies or business establishments that have adopted flexible work arrangements or temporary closure due to the COVID 19 pandemic,” DOLE said in a statement.

“For the overseas Filipino workers whose employment was affected by the pandemic, DOLE will be also providing a one-time 10 thousand pesos assistance,” DOLE added.

Meanwhile, DOLE is implementing emergency employment assistance for informal sector workers through the TUPAD BKK program or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers – #Barangay Ko Bahay Ko.

“Qualified beneficiaries will receive daily minimum wage for 10 days by disinfecting their houses and vicinity. Aside from the daily wage, workers will get personal accident insurance, personal protective equipment, and cleaning kit,” the Labor Department said.

To avail any of the DOLE programs visit their website, official Facebook page or contact them at DOLE Hotline: 1349.-AAC

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