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Security guards paid over Php1 Million thru DOLE’s inspection

 

Cebu City, Philippines. A Cebu City-based general merchandize establishment paid over One Million Pesos to 10 security guards through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, the amount that each security guard received ranged from Php10,000.00 to as high as Php190,000.00 that all summed up to Php1,040,621.32.

“The total amount paid by the respondent-establishment served as a collective  payment for the workers’ Overtime Pay amounting to more than Php990,000.00; Night Shift Differential at over Php7,000.00; Service Incentive Leave also amounting to Php7,000.00; and Illegal deduction pay reaching Php30,000.00,” said Director Siaton, who personally turned-over the corresponding checks to the security guards last week.

To recall, the DOLE conducted an inspection at the concerned establishment last year after receiving complaints from the affected workers.

“A series of mandatory conferences were conducted after inspection, thereby giving the respondent an opportunity to show proof of corrections of the violations noted by our labor inspector. For violations under the General Labor Standards, companies inspected must be able to correct noted deficiencies within 10 days upon receipt of the Notice of Inspection Results,” added the DOLE-7 Head.

Violations under the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS),she added, must be rectified within the maximum period of 90 days.

In the case of the establishment where said security guards were rendering work to, there was neither settlement nor an appeal on the case made within the reglementary period given after the company received the Compliance Order from the DOLE.

This, according to Director Siaton, prompted the Department to issue a Notice of Finality and a Writ of Execution thereafter.

Under Department Order No. 183-2017 or the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, As Renumbered, the visitorial power of the Secretary of the Labor and Employment of his/her duly authorized representatives could be implemented through the following, namely: (1) Routine Inspection; (2) Complaint Inspection; and (3) Occupational Safety and Health Standards Investigation (OSHI).

“We urge the public to help us monitor the establishments’ compliance to labor laws and standards. Anytime, they may report any violations to us by phone or through e-mail,” said Director Siaton.

The DOLE-7 could be reached at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com and hotline numbers, (032)512-8133 and (0977)610-9202.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

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2019-11-11
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