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DOLE EV settles first 13th month pay complaint

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment in Region 8 has settled its first complaint on non-payment of 13th month pay filed by construction workers against Southern Pine Construction, a contractor engaged by Robinsons Corporation to undertake the construction of Summit Hotel in Tacloban City.

Respondent contractor agreed to settle and pay the amount of P766,436.67 on February 24, 2017 to seventy-six (76) workers who filed a request for assistance under the DOLE’s Single Entry Approach (SENA) for non-payment of 13th month pay.

DOLE Regional Director Elias A. Cayanong commended the efforts made by the desk officers who handled the case, Mr. Norman Uyvico and Mr. Virgilio Doroja, Jr. for their exceptional conciliation skills that brought the parties to a settlement that is both beneficial to the workers and the management.

“We also appreciate the gesture of the respondent who positively responded to the call of the workers for a speedy and inexpensive settlement procedure”, Cayanong added.

The regional office of DOLE has received 33 complaints for non-payment of 13th month pay for 2016, and the DOLE’s labor laws compliance officers subjected all the establishments complained of, to assessment visits.

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