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Negrense workers go home, claim benefits through DOLE-RO I


Three workers from Manjuyod, Negros Oriental have been reunited with their families after receiving their employment benefits from their former employer. 

Edmund Acibo, Melvin Casipong and Jestir Basay were reportedly held in debt bondage and were not paid correctly by their former employer in Pangasinan. 

The DOLE-Regional Office I conducted an inspection in the establishment on January 10 through an endorsement from the DOLE-Regional Office VII.  The endorsement included a request from the parents of the workers, seeking help for the latter and alleging that the establishment employs minor workers. 

During the inspection, however, the alleged minors were no longer at the establishment and cannot be located per police blotter. 

On January 11, the employer and the three workers appeared before DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra and Technical Support Services Division Head Teresa Bonavente for the settlement of money claims. 

The three workers received from the employer P42,752 in total amount for their underpaid wages, holiday pay and 13th month pay. 

The DOLE-RO I also coordinated with the DSWD Regional Field Unit I for other forms of assistance that may be given to the workers. The DSWD provided free airline tickets to Dumaguete City so the workers can go home to their families.  They were transported by the DOLE-RO I to the NAIA on January 11. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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