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44 Ozamiz construction workers receive PhP 1M monetary entitlements


OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, January 20, 2020--- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE- X), thru Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Occ. PFO) continually ensures compliance with labor standards laws. 44 employees of Mindanao Rock Construction in Ozamiz City received a total of  PhP1,086,371.18 monetary entitlements emanated from complaint inspection conducted on October 10, 2020 at the said office.


The visitorial and enforcement powers of DOLE under the Labor Code has been strengthened under the revised rules of Department Order 183-17 to attain just, inexpensive, and expeditious resolution of labor cases and disputes.


Out of 44 employees, 52 year old Casimero Cabasag who has been a breadwinner to his family of seven disclosed that he started his employment on February 2018 as a carpenter/mason with a daily rate of PhP180.00. Cabasag said, “Perting kulanga gyud sa akong sweldo, mao naka-sideline ko pamuhi ug baboy ug baka para maka-tubos tubos sa among panginahanglanon,” (My salary is not enough, thus, I ended-up raising hogs and cows to support our daily needs).


Out of the total entitlement worth PhP1,086,371.18 to the 44 affected workers of Mindanao Rock, Cabasag received an amount of PhP12,190.00 for his salary differential, 13th month pay and service incentive leave (SIL). The payment of the employees entitlement was held at DOLE  Mis. Occ. PFO on 6 December 2019 and was witnessed by the DOLE-X personnel.


Cabasag delightfully said, “Sugod November 15, 2019, after inspection sa among construction, gi-minimum nami nilang tanan, PhP360.00 na gane akong per day. Dili nako magka-utang2x sa akong sweldo, masakto na siya sa among kunsomo kada adlaw. Kinahanglan jud nato gamiton atong katungod para ra pud ni sa atoa ug sa atong mga pamilya.” (Starting November 15, 2019, after inspection of our construction, the company paid all the workers a salary based on the minimum wage, my rate per day is now PhP360.00. I am not anymore in debt with my current salary, it is already enough for our daily needs. We need to use our rights because afterall this will benefit us and our families.)


In behalf of the employees benefitted, Cabasag thanked DOLE for imposing the labor policies that would benefit him and his co-workers. According to him, what they did was an eye-opener to other companies to abide on the labor laws.


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



DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo (center) and LEO III and Labor Inspector Conrad Miguel D. Atienza (leftmost)  witness the payment of Mindanao Rock Construction to 44 affected employees on the 6th of Janaury 2020 of DOLE-X PFO in Oroquieta City, Mis. Occ.  (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)


44 Mindanao Rock Construction affected employees receive their back payment on salaries and other monetary benefits on the 6th of January 2020 of DOLE-X PFO in Oroquieta City, Mis. Occ.  (Photo Source: DOLE-X Mis. Occ. PFO)



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