Sister firms come to aid of displaced Don Mariano workers

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Friday, February 21, 2014


SOME 140 displaced workers of the Don Mariano Bus Company (DMBC) have found new employers in the sister companies of the disgraced bus franchise.

In a statement, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) said that 140 displaced workers of Don Mariano have been given temporary work on the heels of the decision of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Boards (LTFRB) to revoke the firm's franchise.

"According to the report of Regional Director Alex Avila of the Dole-National Capital Region (Dole-NCR), 140 drivers/conductors, who were displaced by the revocation of franchise of Don Mariano Bus Company, were given temporary work by the sister bus companies of DMBC," said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.

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Of the 140 workers, Dole–NCR's report showed that Admiral Bus Company hired 45 workers; while Commuters Bus Company Air employed 35 workers; Nova Transport with 40 workers; and Royal Transport with 20 workers.

On the other hand, the labor department said eight other workers have already signified their intention to retire or be separated from the company.

Based on Dole records, about 321 DMBC workers, including 79 drivers and 107 conductors, were affected by the revocation of franchise.

Aside from providing employment assistance, the Dole is already looking at providing livelihood assistance to displaced workers.

"As soon as the workers' union has a recommendation, the Dole-NCR will assist it to prepare a project proposal to help the displaced drivers and conductors," said Baldoz.

Last December, one of the 78 units of Don Mariano Transit fell off the Skyway resulting to the death of at least 21 people and injuring dozens of others.

This, along with other violations discovered by the government, resulted to the LTFRB revoking the franchise of the company. (HDT/Sunnex)

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