DOLE: FOLLOW WAGE ORDER | Inspectors to check WV employers’ compliance
Wage Order No. RBVI-25 took effect onNov. 26, 2019 yet but the DOLE inspection will start this February to giveemployers ample time to comply. The order, however, did not coverhousehold or domestic workers, persons in the personal service of another, andworkers of duly registered Barangay Micro-Business Enterprises (BMBEs) withCertificate of Authority. “(The) wage increase prescribed inthis Wage Order shall apply to all minimum wage earners in the private sectorin Western Visayas, regardless of their position, designation or status ofemployment and irrespective of the method by which they are paid,” read part ofWage Order No. RBVI-25. “The increase cannot even buy a kiloof rice. Worse, to those with P15 increase, it cannot even pay a one-wayback-to-back trip within four kilometers minimum distance without shelling outP2 more. A kilo of regular well-milled rice now costs P45-50,” said ElmerForro, secretary general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan. Workers who wish file complaints couldwrite DOLE Region 6 or visit the office, said Ticao. As stated in Wage Order No. RBVI-25,erring employers “shall be subjected to the mandatory 30 days conciliation andmediation process under the single Entry Approach (SEnA).” If settlement is not reached, the casebecomes subject of enforcement proceedings under Articles 128 and 129 of theLabor Code. Wage Order No. RBVI-25 set thefollowing wage increases: “I am reminding employers to followthe wage order. May inspectors kami nga magalibot,” said Ticao. * agriculture sector – from P295 toP315, or an increase of P20 Progressive groups were not happy withthe order. They said the new rates were “an outright disrespect and insult tothe long-standing call of our workers for a P750 national minimum wage.” A family of six needed a daily livingwage of P1,400 to live decently, he stressed, and the P395 was only 28 percentof that. Employers who failed to immediatelyobserve the new minimum wage in November and December last year could do itretroactively this month, said Ticao. ILOILO City – Is the new minimum wagebeing observed by employers in Western Visayas? The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) would be deployinginspectors across the region to check, said Director Cyril Ticao. Wage Order No. RBVI-25 listed someexemptions: distressed establishments, new business enterprises andestablishments adversely affected by calamities natural or human-induced./PN * non-agriculture / industrial /commercial sector: (a) employing more than 10 workers – from P365 to P395, oran increase of P30; and (b) employing 10 workers and below – from P295 to P310,or an increase of P15 So far, according to the director,DOLE Region 6 has not received complaints against employers for not followingthe wage order.