The DOLE organized a consultation meeting with public utility bus (PUB) owners and drivers on March 14, 2018 at the LGLC Conference Room to re-orient them on the NWPC guidelines on part fixed and part performance based compensation scheme. In attendance from the private sector were PUB owners and drivers engaged in city and provincial operations.
The meeting was chaired by DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, together with Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, Undersecretary Ana C. Dione, Asst. Secretary Alex V. Avila, and Asst. Secretary Benjo Santos M. Benavidez. Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy and concerned officers of the NWPC also attended the consultation.
Executive Director Sy explained the part fixed and part performance based compensation scheme while Mr. Nic Bon of the BWC clarified the standards contained in DO 118-12.
Issues on determining compensable working time, CBA-concluded wages and wage increases, mechanics and requirements for securing certificates of no pending case and application of wage and working time standards to circumstances unique to bus operations including owner-driver type of operations, were raised during the consultation.
Undersecretary Lagunzad III committed that NWPC and the Boards will provide the necessary technical assistance to PUB companies in designing their compensation scheme to ensure compliance with the guidelines.
A follow-up meeting among DOLE agencies and some Regional Offices was convened on March 26, chaired by Undersecretary Ana C. Dione to validate and respond to the issues raised during the bus consultation.
Among others, the group agreed on the need to clarify compensable working time for the bus industry, re-issue the labor advisory exempting owner-driver arrangements from coverage of the NWPC guidelines, and to arrange a meeting with concerned transport regulating agencies like LTO, LTFRB and MMDA to clarify roles and responsibilities and identify areas for collaboration towards realizing the intent of DO118-12 and the guidelines on compensation, which is to promote safety and productivity as a strategy to improve business outcomes.