Tagbilaran City–In consideration of the occupational risks attendant to the 15 October earthquake which left a wide swath of destruction in Bohol and parts of Cebu and other Visayas provinces, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday urged employers to ensure the safety of their work premises and secure clearance from competent authorities before resuming business operation and allowing the re-entry of workers to affected buildings and worksites.

She also clarified the pay rules applicable during the days covered by the declaration of state of calamity in areas affected by the October quake.

In Labor Advisory No. 08-A Series of 2013, Baldoz highlighted the importance of the Safety Committee required under the law and which she said should be composed of trained first-aiders, nurses, doctors, and safety officers.

“The members of the Safety Committee in every private business establishment should be physically present in the establishments during the state of calamity,” Baldoz told DOLE regional and DOLE Bohol provincial officials during her visit to this city.

During her visit, she expressed concern for the plight of workers, particularly those in the tourism services sector, in her conversation with Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto and in a meeting with Bohol Vice Governor Concepcion Lim. Baldoz was accompanied in her visit to Bohol by DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Director Chona Mantilla, Assistant Regional Director Lilia Estillore. ILO Manila Office Director Jeff Lawrence Johnson also joined Baldoz.
“Employers should also provide first aid medicines and ensure that immediate medical attention is rendered to injured workers by coordinating with the nearest hospital to facilitate workers’ access to medical services during emergency situations. They may also provide such other extra incentives or benefits to employees who reported for work during the emergency,” she added.

As to the pay rules for 15 October, Baldoz said that since it was a regular holiday in observance of Eidul-Adha, a worker who did not report for work shall be paid 100 percent of his daily wage.

For work done during the regular holiday, the employee is entitled to 200 percent of the amount of his daily wage for eight hours of work, or 100 percent holiday pay, and proportionate daily wage depending on the number of hours worked.

For the succeeding days covered by the declaration of state of calamity, the following rules shall apply:

(1) If the employee did not work, the ‘no-work, no-pay’ principle shall apply, unless there is favorable company policy, practice, or collective baragaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on the said day;

(2) If the employee has accrued leave credits, he may be allowed to utilize such leave so that he will have compensation on said days; and

(3) If the employee worked, he shall be paid 100 percent of his daily wage.

“I urge private sector employers to voluntarily comply with the holiday pay rules,” she said, reiterating that “proper observance of these pay rules is decent and moral and encourages productive and proficient workers.

Any question about this release? Please call the DOLE Hotline 527-8000, the nearest DOLE regional office in your area (for DOLE-NCR 400-6011), or the Bureau of Working Conditions at tel. no. 527-3000, local 301 or 302.

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