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DOLE releases P2.6M in monetary claims to 26 Vizcaya workers

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya - A total of P2.6M was awarded to 26 affected workers based on a complaint filed against an establishment for alleged underpayment of wages and other monetary claims such as overtime pay, holiday pay, premium pay and service incentive leave pay in this town recently.

In the conduct of mandatory conferences, the respondent establishment submitted notarized Release and Quitclaims of the affected workers. Results of the verification inspection made by the DOLE-Nueva Vizcaya Field Office (NVFO) however revealed discrepancy between the amount given vis-a-vis the granted monetary award.

In his decision, DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III cited the 2010 case of Goodrich Manufacturing Corporation v. Ativo where the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the workers and stating, further, that the Release and Quitclaim did not constitute as a valid quitclaim on the ground that the consideration is  grossly inadequate and unreasonable.

The workers meanwhile expressed their gratitude towards the Secretary, DOLE Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales and the late Mr. Thelmo B. Fabian, all of whom were instrumental to the speedy release of their checks.

DOLE encourages workers with work-related issues and concerns to head to the nearest DOLE regional or field office for further assistance on their complaints. ###

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