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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, May 1, 2009
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SP: Ensure wage
order compliance

BY CHRYSEE SAMILLANO

A resolution requesting the Department of Labor and Employment and other concerned government agencies to monitor the strict compliance of wage orders as mandated by the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday.

The resolution also requested the DOLE to endorse a petition for a decent wage increase commensurate with the present cost of living.

It said the present economic crisis is already afflicting the livelihood of the poor and lowly workers, especially those who have not been receiving the minimum wages set forth by law.

Because the economic condition of the workers is worsening due to the ever-increasing inflation, price increases, power rate hike and sky rocketing prices of basic commodities, the city government should support the workers’ petition for a wage increase, it added.

The resolution was proposed by Councilors Wilson Gamboa Jr., Jocelle Batapa-Sigue, and Napoleon Cordova.

Meanwhile, the SP also passed another resolution requesting the Office of the City Mayor to consider replicating the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council for the City of Bacolod as embodied in Executive Order No. 403, dated May 30, 1990, to review and implement city ordinances, and other existing ordinances relating to tripartism.

Proposed by Gamboa, the resolution also requested the CMO to convene the Bacolod City Labor-Management Council.

It said the TIPC for Bacolod City will identify major problems in the implementation of action plans of agencies on labor-related concerns on the local level.

The TIPC is a multi-sectoral body composed of representatives from government, workers, employers and their organizations.

On the other hand, the SP also passed a resolution requesting the Office of the Mayor to strictly monitor the implementation of City Ordinance No. 311, Series of 2002, or and ordinance requiring chairs or benches for the use of salespersons in business establishments in the City of Bacolod.*CGS

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