Baldoz  orders DOLE offices to converge with LTFRB, other agencies on the implementation of D.O. 118-12

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has  issued Administrative Order No. 82, Series of 2014, or the “Convergence of DOLE Services with LTFRB in the Implementation of Department Order No. 118-12”, directing all  concerned DOLE bureaus and attached agencies to converge  with the Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on the effective implementation of D.O. 118-12 and to comply with their tasks and  responsibilities on the same.

In her latest order, Baldoz instructed the set-up of a technical working group to harmonize enforcement mechanisms, training, and other programs related to the effective implementation of D.O. 118-12 and related issuances.

“All concerned DOLE attached agencies shall conform  with A.O.  No. 82 to  ensure full compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards for the public bus transport industry, as expressed under D.O.  118-12, or the “Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry,” said Baldoz.

A.O. No. 82 spells out the work in the implementation of D.O. 118-12 of the following DOLE attached agencies:   National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC); Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC); National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA); and the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).

Under   the administrative order, the NWPC, through the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs), shall  monitor and ensure the effective implementation  of the part-fixed, part performance-based compensation scheme of public utility bus owners and operators accredited  by the LTFRB.

The OSHC shall provide occupational safety and health training programs consistent with the provisions of the OSH standards and other DOLE related issuances, including prevention and control of tuberculosis, HIV, and AIDS. In coordination with the BWC, it shall develop a Safety and Health Manual for the bus industry.

The NCMB shall encourage and assist public utility bus companies in creating a labor-management committee, or any labor management mechanism, that shall be composed of representatives from management and drivers/conductors of the bus companies.  The LMC is tasked to develop and implement labor-management schemes and welfare programs for the workers.

TESDA, on the other hand, shall  implement an assessment certification program in coordination the OSHC, LTO, MMDA, and the LTFRB,  for professional drivers that will focus on bus driving knowledge, attitude, and skills.  It shall also closely work with LTFRB in  the implementation of D.O.  2011-25, or the Driver Proficiency Standards.

The BWC, through the DOLE Regional Offices, shall ensure full compliance with labor standards and OSH standards of public utility bus owners/operators accredited by the LTFRB through the issuance of the Labor Standards Compliance Certificate, the Certificate of Compliance  under D.O. No. 131-13, or the Rules on labor Compliance System, or the Tripartite  Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards under D.O. No. 115-11.

Further, Secretary Baldoz  also directed the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC); Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR); Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC); Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), and the Legal Service to assist in the sustainability of the interventions undertaken by the LTFRB under the convergence program.

The ECC, in coordination with the OSHC, BWC, and Regional Offices shall facilitate the provision of compensation benefits for work-related sickness, injury, disability, or death of bus transport workers.

The BLR, through the Regional Offices, shall establish a region-based tripartite monitoring body which shall submit a quarterly regional monitoring report to the DOLE Secretary and the National Tripartite Industrial Council (NTIPC).

The BWSC, in coordination with the DOLE ROs, shall extend delivery of livelihood assistance to displaced bus drivers and conductors due to company closures, or retrenchments.  The livelihood assistance may be in the form of livelihood formation; enhancement; or restoration, depending on the levels of intervention needed by the displaced workers.

The BLE, through the Public Employment Service Offices, shall ensure the provision of employment services, such as employment coaching;  labor market analysis;  referral for skills training, upgrading, or retooling; and other employment facilitation services, to displaced bus drivers and conductors.

The Legal Service shall assist and coordinate with the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) in representing the Department relative to cases and petitions against D.O. 118-12.


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