DOLE Kalinga conducts orientation on wage increase, labor contracting

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga, Aug. 18 (PIA) - - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) provincial office here conducted recently a forum and orientation on Wage Order No. 18 and Department Order No. 174-17 to 53  to members of the Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council.


Wage Order No. 18 increased the minimum wage in CAR while Department Order No. 174-17 bans illicit labor contractualization.

Dr. Alexander Gumabol said the dialogue was aimed to encourage the participation of labor and management in the implementation of labor laws and social policies. “This effort brought the institution of voluntary code of compliance in the Hotel industry followed by the agricultural sector,” he said.

This also demonstrates the government’s program of strengthening tripartism and social dialogue as venue to foster industrial peace between management and labor. “We want voluntary commitment from both parties in the workplace and among stakeholders of establishments to promote a healthy working environment,” Gumabol added.

He called on management not to be precluded in increasing their’ employees’ salary if capable,  and  to apply Tier 2 or the Productivity Based Pay as a means of recognizing employees’ contribution and performance to the growth of the business.

“This will somehow motivate other employees to have the initiative to perform better on their assigned tasks even on minimum supervision from or even not being asked by their employer” he explained.

On the other hand, Emmanuel Barcellano of DOLE stressed on the purpose of DO 174-17 which reaffirms the constitutional and statutory right to security of tenure of workers, the absolute prohibition of labor-only contracting, and strengthening the right of workers to labor standards and collective negotiations.

“While the order may be full of safeguards, industrial peace councils may institute self-regulation in their respective industries,” he said. BY PETER A. BALOCNIT (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)


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