DOLE to monitor compliance of new wage order

ILOILO CITY, July 13 (PIA6) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-6 will monitor private companies to check if they are complying with Wage Order No. RBVI-24, which is effective July 12.

Lawyer Johnson Cañete, regional director of DOLE-6, said companies should comply with the new wage order as it has been published already.

“All labor inspectors in Western Visayas who are duty-bound will include in their inspection, the compliance of the wage order,” Cañete said.

The new wage order increases the minimum wage rate in Western Visayas from Php323.50 to Php365.00 for non-agricultural, industrial and commercial companies employing more than 10 workers and from Php271.50 to Php295.00 for those employing 10 workers and below.

Workers could file a complaint to DOLE if the company fails to comply with the new wage order. DOLE would then conduct a complaint visit at the company.

Cañete also said, “Under the new Department Order 183, our inspection framework now also encourages private companies to voluntarily report to us the regular employees that they have for the month and compliance of any DOLE mandatory requirements that they have to comply as business establishments.”

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Companies categorized as distressed, new business or affected by calamities, could appeal to DOLE for exemption, 10 days after the wage order’s effectivity.  

The new wage order, however, does not take effect in the province of Aklan until November due to the sentiments of those affected by the closure in Boracay Island.

Further, the wage order in the island itself will take effect three months after it opens, said Cañete. (LTP/CBA/PIA6)

Source: PIA Feed