Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DOLE says workers charged 
for breakages is illegal if…

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 19, (PIA) –Establishments collecting service charges from its customers are not allowed to collect from their service personnel payments for breakages and other job related spoilages. 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reiterates this, even as resorts and restaurants charge upon their workers any breakages these frontline service crews incur in the pursuance of their duties. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA, DOLE Bohol officer in Charge German Guidaben said that service charges are collected to allow the establishment to recover lost assets.

This also bans establishments from deducting from their workers’ salaries and wages some payments for these service and work-related accidental breakages, DOLE said. 

Charging these workers for these breakages is a clear violation of the P310 daily wage, which the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board had established for Bohol. 

As a rule, by the end of the year, the service charges would be totaled and 85% of this would be divided equally among the waiters and waitresses or service crew while the remaining 15% would be used to recover service-related breakages, Guidaben said. 

In fact, if there are still some savings after the establishment paid for replacement of breakages, they can divide the remaining amount among the top managerial positions, according to DOLE. 

If the establishment charges the waiters or waitresses for breakages and still they collect service charges, we will call their attention, intoned Guidaben. 

This however works only for establishments that collect service charges, he stressed. 

If the establishment did not collect service charges, then they may have to charge penalties for workers to discipline them, DOLE added. (RAC/PIABohol)

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Election period starts 
Jan 22 for “SK” polls

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, January 19, (PIA) –For some good intent, those seeking Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) reforms in the most immediate time may have to bow out in defeat as yet. 

This as the Senate and the Presidential veto: two means by which the SK polls could be stopped, may not have the material time anymore. 

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Provincial Supervisor Atty. Eliseo Labaria said the local office is preparing for the eventual SK elections set on February 21. 

Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA which was aired live Thursday, January 15, the Senate and the President then had only five days to pull the plug and stop the poll countdown. 

That was also when the entire country was busy preparing for the State Visit of Vatican’s premier leader Pope Francis.

With the pope now out and back in the Vatican City in Rome Italy, there is barely enough time to stop the pooll proceedings, observers noted. 

And with that schedule, election period would be starting January 22 and extends way after the elections or until March 22.

By this too, the local COMELEC would have to implement the same processes observed during regular elections, minus the automated processes.

The elections would be done manually and we would be spending almost the same amount as the regular barangay elections, according to Atty. Labaria. 

By that, the country would have to activate voting centers, at least one in every barangay to allow the youth 15 years old to 17, on February 21, 2015. 

Around 59,108 members have been approved by the Election Registration Board qualified to vote on poll day in Bohol, according to Bohol COMELEC. 

Despite few SK members voting, the COMELEC would still be fielding Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) from the Department of Education, and there is a huge possibility that the day would be declared a holiday, he bared. (RAC/PIABohol)

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