Minimum wage earners in NCR may expect P20 or higher pay increase – DOLE

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2018   •   16852

 

(File photo) Construction workers

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) is expected to finalize next month the amount of wage increase that workers in the National Capital Region (NCR) will get.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III assured that the wage hike for minimum wage earners in NCR will not be lower than P20.00.

“It could be a minimum of P20 or above. Ang ibig sabihin within the range na iyan,” Bello said.

But for the labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP), a P20-pesos increase is not enough.

According to Alan Tanjusay, the group’s spokesperson, they will appeal to the Wage Board if the P20-increase pushes through.

ALU-TUCP calls for a P320 increase in the minimum wage of Metro Manila workers.

But DOLE said they need to consider all aspects that could impact other sectors of the government before they implement a wage increase.


“We have to balance the interest of management and also especially labor hindi ka lang pwede magbigay ng ganyang kalaki,maaring makakabuti sa manggawa for a while kasi ok tataas sila pero eh kung mag-close yung business e di mawawalan sila ng trabaho,” explained Secretary Bello.

DOLE expects a final decision on the wage increase on the third week of October.

For a minimum wage earner like Vic Arañes, a P20-increase would never be enough for his family of six.

He wishes it to be higher.

“Sana mas higit pa dun kasi mababa talaga. Kapos pa rin. Pinagkakasya lang naming. Minsan sa isang araw halos dalawang beses na lang kami kumain sa sobrang tipid kasi nga maraming gastusin,” said Arañes, a construction worker. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

DOLE opens internship program for 600 families in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has opened an internship program for 600 families in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas.

DOLE’s government internship program aims to provide temporary jobs to the families affected by the Taal eruption.

Individuals under the internship program will work eight hours a day with one hour lunch break. They will earn P400 a day or P12,000 per month. Only one member per family is allowed to become a beneficiary of the internship program.

Myrna Devilla, one of the beneficiaries, said they help with the cleaning of the evacuation centers in preparation for the resumption of classes. She also said the internship program helps them earn enough money for their daily needs.

“Malaking tulong rin iyon sa amin para pang-kuwan sa aming pangangailangan (It is a huge help for us to sustain our needs),” she said.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

DOLE to hire 6,000 interns in Taal-affected areas

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2020

Workers remove ash from electrical posts at a checkpoint following the eruption of Taal Volcano in Talisay, Batangas, Philippines, 15 January 2020. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has kept the alert level at four, following Taal Volcano’s eruption on 12 January 2020. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced it would be hiring 6,000 government interns from areas in Batangas affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the hiring of interns is under a government program which aims to provide temporary employment to affected residents and also help the local government units in the rehabilitation efforts.

Under the program, 600 interns each from affected areas will be hired and sent to heavily-affected areas, namely, Lemery, Mataas na Kahoy, Agoncillo, Laurel, Talisay, Taal, San Nicolas, Balete, San Jose and Sta. Teresita.

DOLE said the interns will be engaged for a period 30 days and will receive a salary of P12,050, which is equivalent to the prevailing minimum wage in the region.

They shall also be entitled to insurance coverage under the Government Service Insurance System.

DOLE said a budget of P72.6 million was allocated for the employment program.

Applicants should have the following qualifications:

  • 18 years old and above who must have no work experience or with intermittent work experience
  • At least graduates of high school/senior high school or its equivalent level under the Alternative Learning System, or graduates of a technical-vocational course.

DOLE reminds private sector of rules on pay, work suspension during calamities

Robie de Guzman   •   January 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday reminded employers in the private sector of the rules on pay and work suspension mandated by the law during times of natural or man-made calamities.

In an advisory dated January 13, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III cited Article 5 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, which states that, “Except as provided for by law or appropriate proclamation, employers in the private sector shall, in the exercise of management prerogative and in coordination with the safety and health committee, or safety officer, or any other responsible company officer, suspend work to ensure the safety and health of their employees during natural or man-made calamity.”

Bello also reminded employers to observe the following rules on wages during calamities:

  1. If unworked – no pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on said day. When the employee has accrued leave credits, he/she may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he/she will have compensation on said days.
  2. If worked – no additional pay shall be given to the employees but only their salary on said day.

To alleviate the plight of employees in times of natural or man-made calamity, Bello said employers may provide such extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported to work on the said days.

The labor chief also noted section 3 of the Labor Code which gives assurance to employees “who fail or refuse to work by reason of imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamity shall not be exposed to or subject to any administrative sanction.”

Malacañang on Sunday declared the suspension of work in several government offices and classes in areas affected by the ash fall brought about by the phreatic explosion of the Taal Volcano.

Ash fall from Taal Volcano blanketed parts of Metro Manila, Calabarzon and Central Luzon.

Taal Volcano is currently on Alert Level 4 which means that hazardous explosive eruption is imminent within hours or days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

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