Chiz promises enforcement of minimum wage if elected VP, no more contractualization
Former vice presidential front runner Chiz Escudero promised that if he is elected VP, he would ensure that there would be strict compliance with the minimum wage requirements for the private sector.
"Titiyakin namin na minimum wage at least ang ibinabayad ng bawat kumpanya sa kanilang mga empleyado," said Grace Poe's running mate in radio interview while in General Santos city.
The rates of minimum wage are different from each region. Under the Department of Labor, there is a commission named National Wages and Productivity Commission that monitors all the wages across the country. Then, per region, there exists a Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board. The RTWPB of each region monitors the economic activity in their respective areas and adjusts the minimum wage based on a number of factors, such as growth, unemployment rates, etc.
For National Capital Region, the minimum wage is P481 per day, which is the highest per country. The lowest is P217, in region IV-B MIMAROPA.
Non-compliance of the minimum wage is punishable by law. Serious penalties prescribed by the Wage Rationalization Act (Republic Act 6727, amended by Republic Act 8188) include a fine of at least P25,000 to P100,000 on the erring party, and may include imprisonment between two to four years.
For corporations and partnerships, their president, vice-president, chief executive officer or general manager may be the ones imprisoned and charged for non-compliance.
On top of his promise to have better wage enforcement, he promised that he will end contractualization, which is infamous for denying employees of their security of tenure and is used by employers to skimp on paying benefits. He would repeal a DOLE order which he said has been exploited by businessmen to avoid paying perks and benefits accorded to regular employees.
"Unang araw pa lang ng administrasyon sa ilalim ni Sen. Grace, ie-end namin ang ‘endo’ (end of contract)," promised Escudero.