The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region ( DOLE-NCR) recently conducted an advocacy orientation involving stakeholders in the security agency industry to improve their compliance with labor law, anchored on DOLE’s thrust of providing continuing labor and employment education among workers and employers groups.
The changing work arrangements, which result in some gaps in promoting and protecting workers’ rights, make the enforcement of labor standards doubly challenging. ‘This one-day forum encourages employers from the security agencies to comply with Department Order No. 18-A in relation to Department Order No. 14 series of 2011 and elucidate gray areas surrounding these contentious topics,” said DOLE-NCR OIC-Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez.
Atty. Benavidez stressed that DOLE’s inspection program is moving towards developmental approach in advocating voluntary compliance among establishments compared to the traditional regulatory approach. He emphasized that D.O. 18-A would bring renewed confidence in the sector as it aims to reinforce adherence of well-established companies to labor laws.
Joining DOLE-NCR in the forum are representatives from the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO), Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies – Philippine National Police (SOSIA-PNP), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board –NCR, and the Bureau of Labor Relations. In attendance are one hundred seventy (170) representatives coming from 105 security agencies in Metro Manila.
PADPAO President Ramon Bergado expressed his gratitude to DOLE-NCR for spearheading such an advocacy as it paves the way of addressing the issues and concerns confronting the security agency operators. He added that there are continued wide gaps between the implementation of Department Order 18-A and the practices in the Security Industry particularly on the Three Million (P3,000,000) paid-up capital and the registration fee of Twenty Five Thousand (P25,000.00) which, he averred, are “not in accordance with PADPAO ruling”.
Atty. Olive Samson of the RTWPB-NCR explained the wage increase pursuant to Wage Order No. NCR-17, which integrates the old COLA of P22.00 into the basic salary of P406. This brings the basic salary in NCR to P426.00 with the new COLA of P30.00 shall be given in two tranches. The first tranche amounting to P20.00 took effect on June 3, 2012 and the remaining P10.00 on November 1 of this year. By then, the new wage order in NCR shall be P 456.00.
Atty. Samson further explained the parameters in correcting wage distortion, the two-tiered wage system, and the joint and solidary liability of the contractor and the principal in the event of non-compliance with the prescribed wage rates.
Atty. Melissa Salunga of the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) provided discussions on basic labor relations concepts, employee discipline and security of tenure while PCI Chief Vimellee R. Madrid of SOSIA, Agency Licensing Section presented the requirements relative to security operating activities, security guards training, and basic security operational procedures.
A workshop was conducted to solicit proposed amendments on certain provisions in Department Order No. 14, series of 2001 otherwise known as the “Guidelines Governing The Employment And Working Conditions of Security Guards and Similar Personnel in the Private Security Industry".