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DOLE on 14th-month pay for private sector workers: ‘Not yet’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018


MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomes the proposed 14th-month pay for workers in the private sector.

However, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the agency has no concrete position on the matter at this time because the agency still needs to clarify the provisions of the said measure from the administration.

“We are open. Wala pa kasi that’s the reason why we are going to consult both the management and Labor para we will take a position at the same time we also have to wait for the inputs of the economic advisers of the President,” Bello said.

He added it is also important to consult the employers about the proposed additional benefit.

“Malaking bagay sa kanila iyon pero iyon nga sinasabi ko kaiangan makuha natin ang panig ng mga employers at management. Kasi mamaya ibibigay natin tapos hindi makakayanan ng management at employers. Baka iyong intention to give our workers more benefits might result into less employment,” the Labor Secretary explained.

The DOLE is also awaiting a copy of the proposal before making any decision.

A proposal that seeks to allow allotment of 14th-month pay to private workers has been stalled in Senate for two years now.

The pending measure, Senate Bill No. 2 or the Act Requiring Employers in the Private Sector to pay 14th Month Pay was authored by Senate President Vicente Sotto III.

Bello agrees that the government must provide workers with additional compensation to cope up with the rising prices of commodities, the agency still has to contemplate on the impact of the matter to the economic stability of the country. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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Ex-PLDT workers seeks reversal of CA ruling on DOLE order

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Former workers of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) trooped to the Court of Appeals on Wednesday (August 22) to file a motion for reconsideration seeking the appellate court to reverse its decision favoring their retrenchment.

One of them was Rodrigo Nayangga who worked at PLDT as an electrician for 24 years under a contractual status.

“Masakit. Unang-una apektado pamilya. Tulad ngayon mayroon kang pinag-aaral. Ang iba sa amin nangungupahan, bayad sa tubig, bayad sa kuryente,” Nayangga lamented.

Mang Rodrigo now struggles to make both ends meet as a tricycle driver.

On July 31, the CA “affirmed, but with modification” the regularization order of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for PLDT.

The decision allowed the reinstatement and regularization of only 1,900 out of more than 7,000 workers laid off by the company. The said number does not include Mang Rodrigo.

Still, he hopes that with the new motion, the CA will be convinced to reverse its decision.

Meanwhile, the DOLE through the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) also filed a separate motion to CA today seeking the regularization of all 7,000 plus workers.

DOLE Assistant Secretary Benjo Benavidez hopes that the Court of Appeals will consider their argument.

In case the appellate court rules otherwise, Benavidez said they will elevate the matter to the Supreme Court (SC).  – JL Asayo / Marje Pelayo

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Terminated workers troop to PLDT to insist rights under DOLE order

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2018


MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – Hundreds of contractual workers who were terminated from the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) tried to report to work on Tuesday (July 24).

They were expecting PLDT’s compliance to the writ of execution issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on May 30, 2018, and the clarificatory order issued by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on July 11, 2018.

Representatives of the group, the Manggagawa ng Komunikasyon sa Pilipinas, said the company is violating the order by dismissing 12,000 of PLDT’s contractual employees.

But the PLDT management insisted that the retrenched workers should go through the application process set by the company.

The firm vowed to issue an official statement of the issue within the day. – Asher Cadapan Jr. / Marje Pelayo

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DOLE insists regularization of workers is not ‘conditional’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III met with leaders of contractual workers who were retrenched rather than regularized following the issuance of the Executive Order on regularization by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Contractual workers who were laid off from PLDT who belonged to PLDT Organization of Workers and Employees for Rights (POWER) were present in the meeting together with labor advocates from Defend Job Philippines and Kilos Na, Manggagawa.

Bello reiterated what’s written in the E.O. which ordered concerned companies to regularize all contractual employees as directed by President Rodrigo Duterte in line with the government’s resolve to end contractualization in the country.

In a clarificatory order issued by DOLE to PLDT signed by the Labor Secretary, the department said that “pursuant to existing laws, the regularization of workers as a result of the finding of labor-only contracting takes effect by operation of law, and is not subject to any condition.”

DOLE further warned that “Any act or condition imposed that frustrates or tend to frustrate the order to regularize is contumacious and shall be dealt with in accordance with law.”

During the meeting, Bello discussed with the workers the compensation that they still have to receive from their previous employers such as unpaid wages and other benefits.

In the meantime, Bello advised the retrenched workers to apply under DOLE’s emergency employment program while further clarifications are being addressed. – Aiko Miguel / Marje Pelayo

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