The so-called "boundary" system will soon be cut off as bus drivers and operators in the country's 11 regions will now get regular pay and other benefits, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said on Tuesday.
The Department of Labor and Employment's (DOLE) Department Order No. 118-12, s. 2012 specified the two-tier pay rules which shall apply to all public utility bus owners and/or operators employing drivers and conductors.
The department order was crafted to solve two common problems encountered: job security of bus drivers and conductors, and road safety of commuters and other motorists.
The traditional "boundary" system used to cause dangerous behavior on roads like loading and unloading passengers anywhere or working beyond eight hours.
Aside from the regular wage, drivers and conductors are also entitled to benefits such as availment of regular holidays, rest day, overtime pay, night shift pay, paid service incentive, 13th month pay, and paternity/maternity leave.