Baldoz urges 36 NCR bus operators to renew their Labor Standard Compliance Certificates
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday reminded 36 bus companies in the National Capital Region to renew their Labor Standard Compliance Certificates (LSCCs) pursuant to Department Order No. 118-12, the Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry.
The LSCCs is proof of a bus company’s compliance with the provisions of D.O.118-12, especially in the payment of the part-fixed and part-performance pay and social benefits.
“There are 36 bus companies in Metro Manila that have not renewed their LSCCs. I urge them to do so because compliance with labor laws and occupational safety and health standards is good for business,” said Baldoz.
She reminded the owners/operators of the bus companies that the LSCC is a requirement of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFTRB) for the renewal of their bus franchise. An LSSC expires after one year.
She explained that LTFRB Memorandum Circular No. 2012-01 states that failure of PUB operators to secure and submit to the LTFRB the required LSCCs shall be a ground for the immediate cancellation, or revocation of their franchises, or their Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).
Rule 8, Section 4 of D.O. 118-12, provides that DOLE shall coordinate with the LTFRB on the matter of appropriate action, including possible cancellation of franchise, in case of violations committed by bus owners/operators to comply with the said department order.
As of 7 April 2014, records of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board-National Capital Region show that 45 bus companies have renewed their LSCCs for the period 2013-2014, while two bus companies have new LSCCs issued.
These 47 bus companies operate 2,447 bus units and employ 2,776 drivers and 2,433 conductors.
There were previously 78 bus companies that have been issued LSCCs and were deemed compliant with D.O. 118-12, while five bus companies did not have any LSCC. The five bus companies were Del Monte Land Transport Company, Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, NAIA Metrolink Corporation, St. Martha Lines, Inc., and Universal Guiding Star Bus Line Corporation.
NAIA Metro Link Corporation and Universal Guiding Star Bus Line Corporation are two bus companies recently issued new LSCCs.
The 36 bus companies in NCR which have not renewed their LSCCs have 1,142 bus units and employ 1,141 drivers and 1,300 conductors. These bus companies are as follows:
Newman Gold Liner, Inc., Paña Bus Liner, Luzon Bus Inc., Original Transport Service & Multi Coop., Diamond Star Lines, Corp., Kelly Transport, Viofel Transport, Inc., WLH, Don Mariano Transit Corp., Nova Auto Transport, Inc., Severino Santos Transit, City Link Coach Services, Inc., Pascual Liner, Inc., Bagong Silang Transport Service and Multi Purpose Cooperative;
Renan Transit, Maggi Liner, WLLH Liner, Greenline Express, Cem Trans Services, Inc., JMA Transport, South Union Liner, Inc., Rainbow Express, Inc., Unicab Transport, ARR Transport, Inc., Apex Computer Transport Service, Inc., Divine Transport, Inc., and Roval Transport Corp.
Also included are Quiapo Bus Line, Dimple Star Transport, Philtranco Service Enterprises, Inc., Amihan Bus Lines, Inc., Thelman Transit Corp., Del Monte Land Transport Company (DLTBCO), Philippine Rabbit Bus Line, St. Martha Lines Inc., and AJ Sampaguita Liner.