Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that 140 displaced workers of Don Mariano Bus Company have been given temporary work by the bus firm’s sister companies after the franchise of the said company was revoked by the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Boards (LTFRB).
“According to the report of Regional Director Alex Avila of the DOLE-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR), 140 drivers/conductors who were displaced by the revocation of franchise of Don Mariano Bus Company were given temporary work by the sister bus companies of DMBC,” said Baldoz.
Avila reported that the 140 workers have found employment in Admiral Bus Company, which hired 45 workers; Commuters Bus Company Air, which employed 35 workers; Nova Transport, 40 workers; and Royal Transport, 20 workers.
In his report, Avila said that eight workers have signified their intention to retire or be separated from the company.
The six-months’ temporary lay-off in the DMBC is still in effect following management’s appeal to LTFRB for a reconsideration of the revocation of their franchise.
Baldoz added that the DOLE-NCR is still waiting for the livelihood project proposal for the affected workers which will be facilitated by the DMBC workers union.
“As soon as the union has a recommendation, the DOLE-NCR will assist it to prepare a project proposal to help the displaced drivers and conductors,” said Baldoz.
In 2013, Baldoz noted that in Metro Manila, 97 bus companies have secured Labor Standards Compliance Certificates (LSCCs) by virtue of D.O. 18-A, which operate 3,561 bus units and employ 3,927 drivers and 3,632 conductors.
In the Cordillera Administrative Region, 76 bus companies with 251 bus units and 266 drivers and 225 conductors have been issued LSCCs, while 131 PUBs with 261 buses and 261 drivers and 261 conductors s have secured LSCCs in Region 1.
LSCCs have also been issued to 48 bus companies with 387 buses that employs 543 drivers and 391 conductors in Region 2; while 34 bus companies with 1,049 buses and employing 1,340 drivers and 1,371 conductors have received their LSCCs in Region 3.
In Region 4-A, 22 companies with 1,221 buses and 1,383 conductors and 1,359 drivers have received their LSCCs. In Region 5, LSCCs were awarded to 68 bus companies with 385 bus units and employ 501 drivers and 379 conductors. In Region 6, four companies with 733 buses that employ 1,139 drivers and 1,069 conductors have also been issued LSSCs.
In Region 7, one company with two buses that employs two drivers and two conductors received LSCC. In Region 9, three companies with 59 buses employing 59 drivers and 59 conductors have also received LSCCs, while in Region 10, three bus companies with 285 buses that employ 301 drivers and 307 conductors now have LSCCs.
In Region 11, the DOLE regional office has awarded LSCCs to 44 bus companies which operate 593 bus units and employ 749 drivers and 839 conductors. In Region 12, one company with 159 buses which employ 159 drivers and 159 conductors have secured the required LSCC.
Baldoz said more companies are expected to comply with D.O. 118-12 this year.
There are still 1,082 bus companies with pending LSCCs. The LSCC is a new requirement of the DOLE under D.O. 118-12, and of the LTFRB in the application and renewal of franchises.
“The DOLE Regional Offices nationwide will continue to assist bus companies in developing their fixed and performance-based compensation scheme so they can secure the required LSCC,” Baldoz said.