Department of Labor and Employment Secretary, Rosalinda Baldoz, said Saturday sugar workers, including itinerant “sacada” (cane cutters and haulers), are now covered by the amended implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 6982, or the Sugar Amelioration Act of 1991, a government press release said.
Among the amendments is the inclusion in the coverage of the cash bonus distribution program, a main feature of the law, all sugar workers regardless of employment status, except managerial employees.
Baldoz said the amended IRR, contained under Department Order No. 114-11, also enhances social protection and promotes the welfare of small farm cultivators and the sacada or migratory sugar farm workers who are the most vulnerable workers in the sugar industry because of the seasonal nature of their employment.
Labor group asks DOJ:
Probe Petron ‘bullying’
The labor group, Trade Union Congress of the Philippines, urged the Department of Justice through its press release to investigate Petron Corp. for what it called extreme acts that have hampered smaller rivals from freely conducting business.
“At the expense of consumers, it seems that Petron now wants to enjoy superior pricing power at the pump by suppressing fair competition,” former Senator Ernesto Herrera, secretary-general of the TUCP said in the press release.
We’re afraid Petron has become the new bully in the local oil markets, considering the way it has been tormenting much smaller competitors, Herrera added.
Agriculture sector posts
5.48 percent growth
Agriculture in the Philippines posted a 5.48 percent growth in the first six months this year with the crop sector as the major contributor, a Bureau of Agricultural Statistics report showed.
It said crops expanded by 11.13 percent and contributed 51.76 percent to the total agricultural output. The production of corn and palay increased by 14.45 and 37.03 percent, respectively, while sugarcane posted a 75.59 percent growth.
The gross total of crops is P411.8 billion at current prices, which is 31.09 percent higher than last year of the same period, the report also showed.