Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay, on behalf of Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, attended the Cabinet Meeting at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center, Davao City on 15 March 2022 wherein various Cabinet Members presented to the President analysis and recommendations related to the suspension of excise taxes, oil price hike, subsidy for affected workers, and e-sabong.
The labor assistant secretary outlined the DOLE’s proposals to help the labor sector cope with the rising fuel cost. The proposals were put forward in recognition of the labor sector’s clamor for a minimum wage increase while supporting recovery efforts for the economy to bounce back and bring back jobs to sustain income for Filipino families’ daily needs.
The first proposal, similar to recommendations of the economic team, is a subsidy focusing on minimum wage earners. The suggested Php 24.0 billion program targets to incentivize newly reopened enterprises, thereby preserving existing jobs. The wage subsidy is to run for three months, April to June, to allow businesses enough breathing space to recover and grow.
The second relates to the speedy resolution of wage petitions. The DOLE requests the immediate appointment and re-appointment of nominees for employers and workers sectoral representatives to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Boards (RTWPBs).
The Cabinet Meeting was televised the next day in government media channels as part of the President’s regular Talk to the People, an important communication line for the government to report to the people various initiatives and programs.
END/15 March 2022