MORONG, Bataan - The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) of Morong, a 3rd class municipality of this Province is investigating reports that beach resort owners here are not complying with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) minimum wage law for their workers. Based on municipal government records, there are more than a hundred resorts in this town but only 47 are registered.
Allegedly, beach workers are paid P100 per day which is below the minimum daily wage of P 311, Mayor Jorge S. Estanislao, who is also an OB-Gynecologist by profession said. To clarify the issue, the Mayor and the local legislative body invited the owners of the 47 registered resorts for a dialogue but they sent only caretakers and managers as representatives to the hearing. "Those who came and had a dialogue with me have no power to decide on the matter. That's why I want DOLE to take appropriate actions on the plea of the more than 300 resort workers here," he lamented.
As per Central Luzon Wage Board Order No. 16 released in 2011, the rate for minimum wage earners in the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales for establishments in the non-agriculture sector with total assets of P30 million shall be P330 per day.
Those who work in establishments with total assets of less than P30 million will receive P322.50 a day. For agriculture workers in the region, except in Aurora province, the minimum salary rates are P300 for plantation workers; and P284 for non-plantation workers.
For workers in retail or service establishments with 16 or more workers, minimum wage rate was set at P319; and for those with less than 16 workers, P305 per day while cottage or handicraft workers shall receive P284 per day.
The Mayor made it clear however, that the Anvaya Cove owned by the Ayala Corporation, the biggest resort in the municipality, is not included in the complaint. "I don't want the resort owners to get mad at me on this issue but I hope they will also consider the plight of my constituents," the first-term mayor explained.
Estanislao added that the municipal treasury collects a measly P 1.008 million in amusement and realty taxes from these resorts while the Anvaya Cove alone, owned by the Ayala Group of Companies, pays P 5 million in taxes annually.