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Over Half a Million paid to workers thru DOLE’s inspection

 

Cebu City, Philippines. Four (4) workers of a Mandaue City-based bakeshop manufacturing corporation collectively received over half a Million Pesos after the Department of Labor and Employment inspected their company just recently.

The amount would cover the payment for workers’ holiday pay, service incentive leave pay, separation pay and all other money claims.

Tony (not his real name), a company driver for almost 30 years, received a total of Php230,000.00. Two (2) of his co-workers, each received Php130,000.00, while another one, who was assigned to do maintenance work, was paid Php80,000.00.

In a report to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) Chief Emmanuel Y. Ferrer said that both parties appeared at the Office to voluntarily execute a plant-level restitution.

“We were happy of the positive response of both parties especially that of the management since it made sure to rectify the deficiencies noted by the labor inspector during inspection within the prescribed corrective period. It made the process a whole lot easier rather than for both of them to attend the mandatory conferences that should have been set by the DOLE,” said Ferrer.

Under the inspection guidelines of the DOLE, for complaint inspection, just like what the concerned workers lodged before the Department, correction of noted violations both under the General Labor Standards and the Occupational Safety and Health Standards must be done within ten (10) days after receipt of the Notice of Inspection Results (NR). A notice of mandatory conference will then be sent to concerned parties when there are no proofs of corrections submitted to the DOLE within the correction period provided.

“In this case, the management did not wait for the DOLE to send a notice of mandatory conference and opted instead to do a plant-level correction of deficiencies. And for that, we are happy. We thanked them for their cooperation,” added Ferrer, who also commended Engr. Ray Martin Codiñera, the assigned labor inspector.

To recall, one of the workers, sent a letter to the DOLE complaining against the company they’re working for since it failed to pay for their holiday pay, service incentive leave pay (for unused SIL) and others.

Director Siaton, for her part, urged everyone to stay vigilant and help the DOLE monitor establishments’ compliance to labor laws. For any aggrieved party, she said, the DOLE could be reached at hotline numbers, (0977) 610-9202 and (032) 512-8133). Reports and complaints could also be sent to dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, 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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2020-03-04
SALOME O. SIATON
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