DOLE 1 Regional Director Henry John Jalbuena has urged all private sector employers in the Ilocos Region to comply with Wage Order No. RB 1-14.

The new wage order, which took effect on January 20, 2011, has provided for a P5 or P8 increase and the incorporation of the P10 cost of living allowance in the basic minimum wage of workers in the region.

In regionwide orientations held recently, Jalbuena and the members of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board responded to clarificatory questions to generate a broad knowledge and support among employers and workers of the salient provisions of the new wage order.

Even as the consequences for non-compliance were discussed, Jalbuena stressed that, as enunciated in President Benigno S. Aquino III’s labor policy platform, the DOLE aims to achieve industrial peace by capacitating industries in cultivating a culture of voluntary compliance.

“I cannot overemphasize the reforms which we have started in our Labor Enforcement Framework,” Jalbuena said, adding that the DOLE has taken a developmental approach to ensuring compliance with labor standards.

He mentioned that one of the strategies being undertaken is engaging firms in the implementation of the Certificate of Labor Standards Compliance. The CLSC will be issued to establishments which, after thorough evaluation by a tripartite committee under the TIPC, are found to have been compliant with Labor Standards for the past three years.

“The most immediate step as of the moment is complying with the new wage order,” Jalbuena said.

Jalbuena’s call has received a positive response from all participants to the provincial orientations held on different dates in March.  asv

Last Updated on March 10, 2022 by lopezhn