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DOLE Inspection benefits 49 piggery farm workers

 

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, October 11, 2019 --- Some 49 employees of So Eng Grace Farm, Incorporation in Ozamiz City received their monetary entitlements based on the computation of the violations from the complaint inspection conducted by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE- X), thru Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Occ. PFO) on 11 September 2019 at the said farm site.

 

Reyman Malin, 23 year old, single, worked as a laborer in the piggery and assigned to feed, mix feeds and perform other agricultural works, worked for three years disclosed that he kept on requesting for a wage increase from the management in behalf of all his co-employees since the start of his employment but the company did not listen to their pleas.

 

He added that, “Gatabang ko pa-skwela sa akong duha ka manghud ug kulang kaayo akong PhP 250.00 per day na sweldo para sa mga inadlaw na kinahanglan. Edaran na akong mga ginikanan, dili na sila maka trabaho ug ayo.” (I help financially in sending my younger siblings to school and my PhP 250.00 per day is never enough for our daily needs. My parents are already old, they cannot work too much.)

 

The visitorial and enforcement powers of DOLE under the revised rules of Department Order No. 183-17 aimed to attain just and expeditious settlement/resolution of labor cases and disputes, ensures a higher level of compliance with labor laws and standards and ensuring continuity and sustainability of compliances at workplaces.

So Eng Grace Farm Inc. paid the affected workers a total of PhP 1,034,370.07 for the General Labor Standards violations in terms of underpayment of wages, holiday pay, 13th month pay and non-payment of five days service incentive leave (SIL).

 

It was also noted that the establishment has no trained safety officer, no first aider and no reports on safety and health and no safety committee organization. However, Administrative Assistant Roxanne Velasco in behalf of the company, committed to submit their compliance on GLS and in OSH in favor of the workers.

 

Malin expressed his gratitude to DOLE, “Nalipay mi nga naa nami maduolan nga andam mutabang sa mga gidaog-daog sa kompanya nga wala nisunod sa balaod. Nagpasalamat ko ug dako nga tungod sa akong pagsumbong sa DOLE-X sa Mis. Occ. ug human gi- inspection, nilihok na ang management ug nag-minimum na sila sa ilang mga emplayado ug ihatag na nila ang mga benepisyo nga wala jud namo nasulayan sukad sauna.” (We are very happy that we have an office who is willing to help those who are exploited by the companys who do not abide on the labor laws. We are very thankful that through my complaint lodged at DOLE-X Mis. Occ. and after the inspection, the management worked on the compliance of the minimum wage and they have given all the benefits we have not enjoyed since the start.)

 

He also added that he decided to resign to avoid further conflict based on the complaints filed against the company. He received PhP 62,000.00 as his total monetary entitlement including his separation pay, holiday pay and SIL.

 

Another employee, Ariel Bale, 37 years old, with a family of four was already with the company for five years. According to him, he received PhP 48,657.00 from the company which he never expected. “Wala ko gadahum nga mu-comply ang among companya sa pila ka tuig nga wala sila gasunod sa balaod sa minimum wage. Gamiton ko ni sa negosyo ang kwarta para mulambo pa giyud ni.” (I did not expect that the company will comply after how many years of not abiding to the law in relation to the compliance of the minimum wage. I will use the money for business so it will grow and prosper.)

 

The scheduled release of the employee’s entitlement was held at DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO on 14 October 2019 and was witnessed and verified by  the PFO’s personnel.

 

End/Jasmin L. Vicente with additional reports from Lorraine M. Roa/DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO

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DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo orients General Labor Standards to the 49 employees of So Eng Grace Farm Inc. during their mandatory conference on October 14, 2019 at DOLE-X PFO in Oroquieta City, Mis. Occ.  (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)

Reyman Malin (standing, center), employee of So Eng Grace Farm Inc. receives his monetary entitlement based on the computation of the violations from the complaint inspection and was witnessed by DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO staff on the 14th of October 2019 at DOLE-X Provincial Field Office in Oroquieta City (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)

 

So Eng Grace Farm Inc. releases the monetary entitlement to 49 employees based on the computation of the violations from the complaint inspection and was witnessed by DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO staff on the 14th of October 2019 at DOLE-X Provincial Field Office in Oroquieta City (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)

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