Give incentives for work on days of calamity – DOLE

Published January 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

In times of natural or man-made calamity, the labor department said employers may provide extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported to work on the said days.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III said this is to “alleviate the plight of employees.”

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III speaks before the media during a press conference with President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao City on Friday. The government has imposed a ban on deployment of Filipino workers in Kuwait following the death of domestic helpers due to alleged abuses of their employers. (Keith Bacongco)
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III

In Labor Advisory No. 1, the labor department also enumerated the applicable pay rules in case of suspension of work in the private sector by reason of natural or man-made calamity.

The following are the pay rules:

If the employee does not report for work: No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment of wages on said day. The employee with leave credits may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he will have compensation on said days.

If the employee reported for worked: No additional pay shall be given to the employee but only thesalary for the said day.

The labor department also said that employees who fail or refuse to work by reason of imminent danger resulting from natural or man-made calamity shall not be exposed to or subject to any “administrative sanction.”

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, meantime, appealed to all employers and business owners to be considerate with their employees affected by the calamity caused by Taal volcano eruption.

We ask that employers and business owners relax their tardiness rule and give their employees time and space to be with their families especially those who are displaced, TUCP spokesperson Alan Tanjusay said in a statement.

He said it will also be a big help if employers and business owners provide cash assistance, food packs, and drinking water.

Tanjusay also reminded employers that their employees have the right to refuse to work if the employee thinks it is unsafe to work.

“Those who compel employees to work despite of unsafe working conditions will be penalized with P100,000 per day of violation,” he said.

Rene Magtubo of Partido Manggagawa appealed to employers of affected companies to let their workers file vacation leave, emergency leave or service incentive leave with pay until the government declares that the environment on affected areas is safe for people to stay outside their homes and for companies to operate and move their produce to target markets.