Good news for the working class

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"WORKERS will give their best in doing their jobs knowing that they will be rewarded. They will focus on working hard instead of aggressively waiting for salary increase ordered by Dole”, thus said Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Central Luzon Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio during a forum of employers and stakeholders.

The labor official has encouraged private companies to give productivity incentives to workers as a way of rewarding them for showing their dedication and commitment to their work.

It’s actually an echo from the labor department’s Central Office as it released an advisory which directs businessmen to reward hardworking employees by way of incentives.


Labor groups’ survey reveals that Filipinos are among the lowest paid and dissatisfied workers in the Asia region. I surmise that Filipino workers’ lack of satisfaction with their jobs is not prompted by their low salaries but because of the low buying power of the pay they receive from their employers.

Many Filipino workers remain to be ditch-diggers who dig the ditch to earn them some food to give them strength to dig the ditch.

It’s a cycle of sorts to work for the pay that cannot buy enough for a family considering the perpetually rising cost of commodities and the losing buying-power of the peso. To give incentives on the other hand, to hardworking men and women workers will somehow let them feel of this buying-power of what they earn by working hard for companies.

To give workers some perks is to give them the drive to work harder for their respective company employers. It’s the company that will also benefit from its employer’s hardwork in the end.

Giving incentives to workers involves the power of affirmation. It means an appreciation of their work that will further motivate and inspire them to give more of themselves to their work.

It’s logical to say that when you put in more gasoline to a vehicle, the longer distance it can travel.

The advisory of the DOLE is long overdue. While some employers are giving incentives to some of their workers, there are those that do not and still wanting of any government directive or call for them do so.

Often, the reward of some companies for hardwork is, more work.

Panlilio, during the forum, said that giving perks is also advantageous to businesses since productivity and efficiency of their workers will follow. This will also cut down dissatisfaction of workers that sometimes result into their poor performance or worse, into labor movements.

On this note, the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Jim Jimenez, meanwhile said that some of their members are giving rewards and incentives to their workers but admitted that there are those who still do not practice the same.

Jimenez however was optimistic that those who do not give perks to their workers will also follow those who do while considering the call of the DOLE to companies.

The recent announcement of the DOLE is good news to the working class. Its not a mere reminder for employers to give bonuses, perks, incentives to their deserving workers but a call for them to do so and recognize the effort and feat of the “hardworking” class.

I am quite sure that many workers will be happy for this.


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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 07, 2014.


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