By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) strongly reiterated that private companies in Western Visayas region must implement the wage hike.
“Otherwise, the companies will violate the order of National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC),” said DOLE-6 regional director Johnson Cañete.
The new minimum daily wage rate of P295 and P365 started officially in Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces on July 12.
As Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-6) chairperson, Cañete noted that several companies failed to implement the government’s previous wage orders.
Based on DOLE procedures, an order for compliance will initially be sent to the erring company. If it refuses to comply, a writ of execution follows.
“If it continues to refuse, then legal service will file a criminal charge,” Cañete said.
However, DOLE-6 has no authority to close the erring company.
DOLE-6 is urging local governments to help punish companies that fail to properly pay workers.
Cañete suggested that local governments should require companies to acquire a clearance from DOLE prior to renewing annual business permits.
The wage hike in Aklan province will only take effect in November as it is still affected by the six-month closure of Boracay Island.