Butuan City—About eight security guards from AB Security Services received their work entitlement fee on October 2 at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga Regional Office. Each of the guards received a cheque that totaled to two hundred ninety five thousand pesos (P295,000.00).

The affected workers who hail from Surigao del Norte were: Audie T. Baslot, Mar E. Baja, Jonathan P. Nepomuceno, Richard C. Estrera, Roldan Eupnilde, Ben Alexis T. Rosalin, Marjun P. Aguilar, and Vermie C. Parao. According to them, they were underpaid of their minimum wage, unpaid of their night shift differential, holiday pay and service incentive leave. The checks were released after the management of AB Security Services represented by the Security Director, Yulie M. Yap showed willingness to comply with the order issued by Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla from the complaint inspection of Labor Inspector Miss Romelyn B. Bactol on March 7.

The checks were released in the presence of the DOLE Caraga Assistant Regional Director Naomi Lyn C. Abellana, the Officer In-Charge of the Technical Support Services Division Miss Annie C. Tangpos and the DOLE Caraga Cashier, Miss Ana B. Delos Reyes. When ARD Abellana asked the recipients what they are going to do with the money, some responded that they will use the money for the school fees of their children, some for house repairs while others will use it for daily expenses.

In 2017, there were at least 3,433 workers in Caraga who benefitted from work entitlement with a total amount of P10.8M and as of August 2018, 442 workers received their claims totaling P11.9M.

Under the general labor standards, the workers are bound to receive wages and other benefits as stipulated under existing laws, rules and regulations. The benefits that a worker may avail are, but not limited to, overtime pay, night shift differential, service incentive leave, 13th month pay and the minimum wage.

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