Jinggoy Estrada pushes for fixed salaries, working hours for bus drivers

Senator Jinggoy Estrada filed a bill that would regulate the compensation of public utility bus (PUB) drivers and conductors by requiring the operators to grant fixed salaries and working hours.

Through his Senate Bill No. 48 or the proposed Bus Drivers and Conductors Compensation Act, Estrada said he sought to shield bus drivers and conductors from the impact of rising fuel prices.

“A simple computation will show that drivers currently earning P900 a day and working more than 12 hours a day for three days a week will receive almost the same income based on the minimum wage for those working eight hours a day for six days,” Estrada said in a statement on Saturday.

“The difference is that under this proposed legislation, drivers will get enough rest while operators will spend almost the same amount for salaries.”

“With the assurance of fixed salaries on a regular basis, PUB drivers and conductors will no longer be pressured or be forced to work beyond humane working hours. Serious accidents and traffic problems involving those buses will also be significantly lessened,” he furthered.

The senator said operators would not make their PUB drivers work more than eight hours straight and that there should be a two-shift system and at least one-hour rest per working day.

Meanwhile, he said that the monthly salary of PUB drivers and conductors shall not be less than the minimum wage fixed by law and shall be paid in cash at least once every two weeks.

Estrada said public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers must be covered by the Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG, and Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).

Livelihood and credit assistance will also be available to help augment their family income.

Meanwhile, under Estrada’s Senate Bill No. 289 or the proposed Comprehensive Assistance Program for Public Utility Vehicles Drivers Act, PUV operators are mandated to pay the equivalent amount of the monthly contribution paid for by the PUV drivers in the said social welfare services.

“The transport sector, particularly the PUVs, continues to be one of the most neglected sectors in the country. Most of them earn on a commission basis while others are on a ‘boundary’ scheme which only aggravates their poor working conditions,” he said.

The senator said the Office of Transportation Cooperatives, in coordination with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) and other concerned agencies, shall be tasked to formulate and implement a comprehensive livelihood and credit assistance program for all PUV drivers to improve their socio-economic condition. — DVM, GMA News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: