48 security guards from Surigao del Norte are set to receive their claims for unpaid wages amounting to P3,714,425.14 pursuant to a compliance order issued by DOLE Caraga and after a series of validation conferences conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment Mediation Arbitration and Legal Services Unit (DOLE MALSU) in 2021.

The first phase of the pay-out was conducted last January 19, 2022 whereby P500,000.00 worth of unpaid salaries were awarded to the workers. Recently, DOLE Caraga conducted the pay-out’s second phase where the security guards received a total of P700,000.00.

The workers are grateful for the speedy and efficient settlement of their complaint. One of them shared the difficulty he experienced while waiting for his salary, and how the DOLE’s assistance could help him and his family. “Wala mi sweldo na nadawat tuig sa 2019-2020. Para maka survive among pamilya, mu absent mi sa trabaho ug isa ka adlaw unya mag sideline mi sa lain – mamasol, magpanday, magbantay sa fishpond. Adtong niagi, makaya kaya pa man pero karon na ting open na sa eskwelahan, manginahanglan na gyud ug dako na kantidad na kwarta para mapaskwela akong mga anak. Mao, dako among pasalamat sa DOLE kay ilang gipaningkamutan na makuha namo ang among mga benispisyo gikan sa among employer. Hinaot na kung unsa gani among reklamo, mupadayon silag pagsabot na tungod na sa kakuwangon sa financial. Salamat kaayo, DOLE.”

DOLE Caraga Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao encouraged the workers to pursue livelihood projects to generate more income from the wages received, “Thank you sa inyong pagsalig sa DOLE. Kami maningkamot kauban ninyo nga inyong madawat ang tamang hustisya ug mga benepisyo nga inyong gihaguan. Nag hinaut kita nga mulambo pa ang inyong nangadawat ug dili ma adto sa kawang lamang. Pwede kamo magsugod ug inyong kaugalingong proyekto sa livelihood o gamay na negosyo ug ang inyong pamilya samtang ang uban nanarbaho aron molambo ang inyong panginabuhian.”

To further secure a higher level of compliance with labor laws and standards, and ensure continuity and sustainability of compliance at workplaces, DOLE Caraga is escalating its efforts in conducting inspection of establishments in the region.