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

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2018   •   16543


(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 vows to release IRR of service charge law soon

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2019

Hotel attendant

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing to release the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 11360 or the Service Charge Law soon.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III assured they will fast track the crafting of the IRR to release it within the 90-day period.

“We have 90 days to craft the IRR but we don’t intend to maximize it, instead we hope to come up with it as soon as possible so our workers in hotels and restaurants can finally receive reasonable incentives from their hard work and quality services,” Bello said.

The law, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last August 7, requires restaurants, hotels, and similar establishments to distribute service charges in full among their rank and file and supervisory employees.

The law amended Article 96 of the Labor Code, which only provides workers with 85 percent of the service charge collection while the remaining 15 percent are for the management.

“The law will keep our workers in the hotel and restaurants motivated in providing quality services, as well as a chance to give them a simple reward for their hard work,” Bello said.

Under the new law, all service charges shall be distributed completely and equally among the covered workers, except managerial employees.

It also mandates the establishment of a grievance mechanism to resolve any dispute between employees and the management on the distribution of the service charge.

DOLE said workers can fully receive their equal distribution from the full collected service charges 15 days after the publication of its IRR in a newspaper of general circulation. 

Govt blacklists 21 foreign recruiters, suspends erring agencies

Marje Pelayo   •   August 19, 2019

Job seekers flock a job fair in Cubao, Quezon City, July 18, 2018. (Photo by Raymond Lacsa/PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL file photo)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has blacklisted 21 foreign recruitment agencies and direct employers while suspending 19 local recruitment firms in an effort to protect Filipino workers seeking employment abroad.

In a news release on Sunday (August 18), the DOLE, citing Administrator Bernard Olalia of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), said the move is also to promote the welfare of Filipino workers.

The POEA added that those agencies meted with suspension, fine or cancellation of licenses violated recruitment rules from January to July of this year.

According to Olalia, the POEA had to disclose the list to inform the public, especially those seeking employment overseas, of the erring agencies.

The disqualified foreign recruitment agencies or direct employers are:

  1. AV Global Harvest PTE Ltd.
  2. Isa KhouriMetal Industries Ltd. and Amir Khoury
  3. Raffles International Christian School
  4. Al Tauqueet Trading and Services Est/Al Tauqet Trading & Services Co.
  5. NooraSalem Saad Occie for Recruitment of Domestic Helpers Office
  6. All Pro Recruitment Agency
  7. Marwan Slim
  8. Food Equipment Supplying Company Limited (Fesco) & Thaer H. Abdou
  9. Wanasah Manpower Supply & Mohammed Naser Al Naser
  10. Bader Contracting & Trading Company/Bard Cont and Trad, Speedy Tech Electronics Co. Ltd.
  11. Staff Buro Staffing
  12. Candice Cruz and Allan John Wilton
  13. Jalal Al Jalal Construction Est./ Al Nassr AhssaTrading Contracting Company/Jalal Al Jalal/Saad Saleh Al Jalal
  14. Marhaba Shopping Center
  15. Hadi Al HamroorContracting Est. and Fawzi Al Najrani Est./Fouzi Saleh Najrani Contracting
  16. Yacht Tours Maldives Pvt. Ltd.
  17. Al Falax Electronics Equipment and Supplies Company/Al Falak Equipment
  18. Agensi Pekerjaan YSL SDN BHD Lim Pooling and Saw Boon Foong
  19. West Labour Supply and Abdalla Ali Adalla Alsari
  20. Tsaheel Al Janoob Office for Recruitment
  21. Al Bahli Manpower Recruiting Office & Omar Saad Al Hamad, and Special Manpower Supply

The agencies with suspension or fine from January to July 31 were:

  1. Double M Marine Services
  2. Danasan Manpower & Management Services
  3. Summit Placement and Resources
  4. Masters International Placement
  5. FarlandPersonnel Management Corp.
  6. Corinthians Placement Services
  7. Ankor Management & Services & Consultant
  8. HBO International Manpower Services
  9. Century High HR Inc.
  10. First Champion & International Entertainment Inc.
  11. Jamal Human Resource
  12. Farland Personnel Management Corp.
  13. Boom International Recruitment Agency
  14. Workgroup International Manpower Services
  15. OsimsOriental Skills International
  16. Health Carousel Philippines Inc.
  17. Mitch International Recruitment Agency
  18. Falcon Maritime & Allied Services

The list of agencies with canceled licenses include:

  1. Rufean International Resources
  2. Ace Globe Management Consultancy Services Corp
  3. Federal Overseas Manpower Inc.
  4. American Prime Manpower Services Inc.
  5. FilhighGNS, Inc.
  6. Danasan Manpower & Management Service
  7. Pacific Ace Human Resources Corporation
  8. Highway Manpower Services & Promotion, Inc.
  9. M&P Employment Inc.

DOLE reminds employers on pay rules for August holidays

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has reminded private employers of higher pay for workers who will go on duty during the holidays this month.

Under Proclamation No. 555 s. 2018 and No. 789 s. 2019, August 12 and 26 were declared as regular holidays in the observance of Eid’l Adha and National Heroes Day, respectively; and August 21 as special non-working holiday in commemoration of the death of Ninoy Aquino.

With these proclamations, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III issued a labor advisory prescribing the proper payment of wages for said holidays.  

Bello advised the employers to observe the following formula in the computation of wages for workers for August 12 and 26, which are regular holidays:

Employees who did not work on said holidays shall be paid 100 percent of their salary, while those who worked shall be paid 200 percent of their regular salary for the first eight hours.

For employees who worked overtime or in excess of eight hours, they shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate.

Moreover, those who worked on a regular holiday that also fell on their rest day shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic wage of 200 percent.

Workers who rendered overtime work on a regular holiday that also fell on their rest day shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day.

For August 21, which is a special non-working holiday, DOLE said the following pay rules should be observed.

If the employee did not go to work, the “no work, no pay” policy shall apply unless there is another company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on special days.

For work done during the special non-working holiday, employees shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

For work done in excess of eight hours, workers shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on the said day.

If an employee went on duty on a special holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

For overtime work on a special holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on the said day, DOLE said.


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