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DOLE vows penalties for
erring companies

The Department of Labor and Employment in Negros Occidental assured all workers that they will act and penalize employers caught not implementing the P12 wage increase, Ma. Victoria Mondragon, DOLE provincial director, said yesterday.

Mondragon said that workers may file complaint at their office and report employers who refuse to implement the wage increase and that they can do it anonymously.

“We act even on anonymous letter complaints and DOLE also has its routine inspections,” Mondragon said.

She said that the wage increase took effect May 30, 2012 and that employers must be reflecting the additional amount since then.

Mondragon also said that employers caught not implementing the wage order are given notice of inspection and five days to follow the order. Summary hearing is also conducted if the company refuses to implement it after receiving the notice, she added.

If employers are still persistent, DOLE regional director Ponciano Ligutom will issue a signed memorandum ordering their compliance, she also said, adding that DOLE will issue the writ of execution as their final move.

The Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board approved Wage Order No. 20 which provides for the P12 increase in the minimum wage making it P277 for companies employing more than 10 workers, P235 for companies with 10 workers for the commercial sector and P245 for plantation and P235 for non-plantation for the agriculture sector.

Mondragon also said that those employers who hold the Barangay Micro Business Enterprise certificates are exempted from implementating the wage order.*LTG

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