By Ferdinand G. Patinio
MANILA, July 9 (PNA) — Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said they will look into the proposal of a lawmaker for the creation of a “Typhoon Code Practice” that will guide companies and establishments that requires employees to report to work during storms.
“We will study the typhoon code and effects on DOLE’s labor standards setting function. Cannot comment yet,” she said.
Asked if a standard during such situations is necessary, Baldoz said, “I am sure if this code will cover wages and benefits of workers during typhoons, they are in full conformity with the labor code, in which case I have no objections. Any standards are treated as social safety nets.”
On the other hand, labor groups supported House Bill No. 5358 filed by DIWA party-list Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar,
Alan Tanjusay, spokesperson of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) hopes that the measure will be approved.
“We look forward for the immediate approval of the bill and expect it will benefit both the employees and their employers despite the extreme weather. We anticipate the measure, when it becomes a law, will enhance workers productivity without diminution of their wages and benefits,” he said.
For Elmer Labog of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), they support the measure if it is meant to keep workers safe and advantageous situations.
“I think the suspension of classes could serve as a gauge when workers could stay home and not report for work. The essence of which is to avoid lives being placed in danger. Companies, unless related to those that save lives and limbs, should be forbidden to force their employees to report for work in cases of eminent danger caused by natural calamities,” he added. (PNA)