DOLE 7 awards over P500K in wage underpayment, other money claims

THE Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (Dole 7) has awarded more than P500,000 to 13 affected workers as payment for their money claims and other benefits.

Last month, the affected workers personally visited the Dole 7 office in Cebu City to claim their individual checks.

The monetary claims served as compensation for the affected workers’ underpayment of wages, non-payment of night shift differential pay, non-payment of overtime pay, underpayment/non-payment of 13th month pay, underpayment/non-payment of service incentive leave pay, illegal deductions, and non-payment of rest day premium.

“We are duty-bound to ensuring that we serve and enforce all writs and services to the best of our capacity and ability insofar as the execution of cases is concerned. And rest assured that Dole will continue to respect, promote and protect the rights and welfare of the workers in the workplaces,” said Dole 7 Director Lilia Estillore in a statement on Monday, May 22, 2023.

The workers’ claims ranged from P5,000 to as much as P115,000, depending on the nature of their claims.

In relation to the workers’ cases, the Dole 7 issued a Writ of Execution on March 13, 2023.

“During the pre-execution conference that was scheduled a few days after on the same month, both parties agreed to settle through the release of the cash bond, which was deposited with the Dole 7 Cashier’s Office,” said Estillore, who underscored the importance of the successful execution of cases so that the decisions made are not only considered as paper victory for the workers.

She urged the workers in Central Visayas to assist the Dole 7 in monitoring establishments’ compliance with labor laws by reporting any violations to the nearest the Dole office. (CSL)