Saturday, April 14, 2018

DOLE reminds employers to comply on new daily minimum wage rate

By Elsha Marie B. Soriano

DAGUPAN CITY—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-Central Pangasinan reminded all employers in the province to comply with the increase in the daily minimum wages of their employees to avoid penalties under the new wage order of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).

Panfilo Dioquino, labor communications officer II of DOLE-Central Pangasinan, said under the Wage Order No. RB1-19, employers who refuse or fail to pay the prescribed increase daily minimum wage shall be punished by a fine of not less than P25, 000 not more than P100, 000 or imprisonment of not less than two years not more than four years or both such fine and imprisonment at the discretion of the court pursuant to the provision of Section 12 of Republic Act 6727 as amended by RA 8188.

He said under the new wage order, effective January 25, minimum wage workers in large non-agriculture establishment should expect daily wage increase of PHP30, for workers under medium non-agriculture establishments employers should add an increase of PHP20 to them while those working in small and micro establishments as well as agriculture sector (Plantation and Non-plantation) should expect an additional PHP13 per day.

Sa ating mga empleyado na di nakatanggap ng increase p’wede tayong magpunta sa DOLE office,” Mr. Dioquino said urging the employees to have courage and report any irregularities in their company.

Hindi natin maiiaalis yung takot ng mga empleyado, pero in case may problema, narito po ang DOLE. Magkaroon po sana sila ng lakas ng loob na magreport para matulungan po sila ng DOLE at para maitama ang mga maling gawain ni employer,” he said during the “Pantongtongan Tayo” a radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan.

Mr. Dioquino said DOLE offices in the province regularly conduct inspection to companies and establishments in the province to check if employers violate any labor code as well as wage order.

Meanwhile, the RTWPB is going around the Ilocos region to inform the employees and employers on the new daily minimum wage rate.

Recently, RTWPB conducted a wage orientation for over 200 employers and human resources personnel from various companies in Pangasinan.

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