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DOLE 12 lauds bus company on fixed salary rule
By Danilo E. Doguiles
posted 5-Jul-2012  ·  
Officials of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 12 commended Yellow Bus Line Inc., (YBL) based here for its compliance with Department Order 118-12 and other labor standards.

“YBL is the first public utility bus (PUB) company in Soccsksargen Region compliant with the department order (particularly on the requirement of giving fixed salaries to their drivers and conductors)," Jessie dela Cruz, secretary of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) 12, said.

He added that YBL has also been repeatedly validated to have complied with other standards and laws pertaining to the welfare and protection of their employees.

“Part of the program during the upcoming visit of Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz would be the awarding of the labor standard compliance certificate to YBL,” dela Cruz said.

According to the initial plan, Secretary Baldoz will be coming to Region 12 next week.

As proof of the submission to provisions of DO 118-12, YBL Human Resource manager Norlan Yap and YBL Employees Union president Jose Ronie Mondragon yesterday presented a copy of their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to DOLE 12 regional director Chona Mantilla at the RTWPB office here.

Yap emphasized that besides giving the riding public quality and safe service, YBL had been keen on providing their employees benefits.

“The basic salary that our drivers receive is above the minimum wage,” he said. “We also give performance-based benefits such as quota system,” Yap said.

He added that their drivers and conductors are only required eight hours of work daily, for only six days each week.

“YBL, I think, is the only bus company here that pays a regular salary for its drivers while they are on rest days,” he said.

Based on their CBA, YBL drivers and conductors are also given productivity incentives, such as 2.5 percent share when they exceed their quota collection of P6,000-P12,000 depending on the type of route. They are also entitled to monetary incentives for working at least 24 days in a month, and sleeping allowance if they render duty outside their base.

They also enjoy leaves, including vacation leaves of 11-15 days depending on length of service; sick leaves, tuberculosis leaves of up to four months, maternity/paternity leaves, and others.

YBL plies the Isulan (Sultan Kudarat)-General Santos City-Davao City route. It has a fleet of 142 buses with 200 drivers.

Director Mantilla explained that the department order is meant to curb some problems involving transport companies, especially in Metro Manila where drivers need to work long hours and make as many trips as they can because their salaries are commission-based.

“This scheme has been identified as a major factor in road accidents,” she said.

Mantilla appreciated the YBL management for its open-communication policy with its workers and for giving salaries that are more than the minimum wage set by the regional wage board to their workers.

She added that DOLE 12, along with RTWPB 12, have been coordinating with the other two bus companies in the region.

These are Biocrest Multi-Purpose Cooperative & Transport Services (Husky Bus) that traverses the General Santos City-Cotabato City route and Weena Bus Company that travels the Cotabato City-Davao City route.

“Compliance to Department Order 118 – 12 is a requirement for the renewal of franchise and issuance of certificates of public convenience to PUB operators,” dela Cruz said. (DED-PIA 12)
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