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DOLE need temp jobs for displaced bus firms workers

The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) is finding temporary work for displaced workers of Victory Liner after the government suspended for one month the company’s license to operate.

In a text message, DoLE –National Capital Region (DoLE-NCR) director Alex Avila said they will meet with the labor union of Victory Liner this week to determine the possible alternative employment opportunities for its employees.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFTRB) earlier issued the sanction against 42 bus units of Victory Liner after one of its buses figured in an accident in Zambales on 21 April, which killed a bystander.

DoLE-NCR held a similar consultation for the around 400 displaced workers of Don Mariano Transit Corporation (DMTC), which also had its franchise revoked due to a road accident earlier this year.

Finding temporary work in other bus companies for the affected workers is one measure discussed.

Avila said they still have not yet received any notice for permanent closure from DMTC.  DMTC workers can only collect their separation pay if the company eventually shuts down.

In a related development, Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Baldoz issued a new administrative order (AO) to intensify its work place inspection for bus companies.

Under AO no. 82, series of 2014, Baldoz ordered all DoLE attached agencies to coordinate with LFTRB to implement the “Rules and Regulations Governing the Employment and Working Conditions of Drivers and Conductors in the Public Utility Bus Transport Industry.”

“This will ensure full compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards for the public bus transport industry,” Baldoz said.