DOLE to CFV operators: Give fish workers their due
LINGAYEN -The Department of Labor and Employment informed commercial fishing vessel (CFV) operators of their responsibilities to their workers and advised them to give the workers the wages and benefits provided by law.
During a consultation with the CFV operators, Nicanor Bon, DOLE’s labor and employment office head, discussed the provisions of DOLE Administrative Order 156-16 or rules on the working and living conditions on board commercial fishing vessels.
He said the CFV operators should give the boat workers the benefits like minimum wage, holiday and overtime pay, night shift differential, service incentive and 13th month pay.
The workers should also be able to avail of maternity/paternity leave, leave for victims of violence against women and children, special leave for women and retirement pay.
The fishing vessel owners shall also provide adequate first aid services on board and shall ensure that all fishers have access, when in port, to out-patient treatment for sickness or injury, hospitalization when necessary, and dental treatment.
“You should also provide ample food and water for them, although these can be deducted from their wages,” he said.
The captain or the master of the ship must ensure the safety, health and well-being of fishers on board, and ensure compliance with the safety of navigation, protection of the environment and watch keeping.
But the fishers also have responsibilities, which are complying with the lawful orders of the captain or master and applicable safety and health measures, and attend occupational trainings organized by the fishing vessel owners.
CFV owner Lilia Yasay expressed concern about boat workers jumping from one boat to another, and wondered how owners can pay for the SSS and other benefits required by law.
Bon said the concerns of the owners would be taken into consideration when the fishery administrative order is finalized. YOLANDA SOTELO
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