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DOLE’s Assessment Program awards P1.36M to 40 Security Guards

DOLE NVFO OIC - Chief Engr. Joseph B. Sales reported that during the conduct of mandatory conferences of a Labor Standards Case as a result of a Compliance Visit by the DOLE, 40 Security Guards are affected in the underpayment of mandated minimum wage under WO No. RTWPB – 02 – 18.
Relatedly, the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO) as the principal employer and two service contractors as the employers namely the Mega Octagon Risk Management Services, Inc. and the AREM Security and Investigation Agency are identified as the responding parties of said docketed Labor Standards Case.
These workers have rendered security services in all field offices and sub-stations of NUVELCO in the province. 
The 40 Security Guards received the amount of P34,000.00 each in compliance to a wage adjustment under Wage Order No. RTWPB – 02 – 18 that took effect on September 25, 2017 in which minimum wage workers and employees in the private establishments in region 02 are covered.  A total of P1.36M was released to the security guards.
The previous prevailing applicable daily rate of P300.00/day under WO# RTWPB – 02 – 17 is adjusted to P340.00/day for workers working under the non-agriculture and retail/service establishments employing more than 10 workers in the new wage order.
Said settlement took two tranches of payment in which the first half of release was on November 27, 2017 and the full payment was made on January 16, 2018. 
The settlement was made possible through the adjustment of the service contract executed between the principal employer and the two service contractors.
by: Gerardo M. Nicolas
Directors Corner


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