• ‘Phone giant owes workers P77M’


    LISTED telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. on Monday said it filed an appeal with the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on July 17 after it was ordered by the government agency to pay more than P77 million for allegedly violating labor standards.

    PLDT said it received a compliance order from DoLE’s National Capital Region Office on July 3 saying the company and 48 of its third-party service contractors did not fully pay their workers and therefore owe contractual employees approximately P77.5 million for various statutory monetary benefits.

    The DoLE further alleged that PLDT violated Labor Order 18-A on contractualization “and therefore PLDT must issue regular employment positions to approximately 8,720 contractor workers.”

    “PLDT is contesting these conclusions and has filed an appeal with the Secretary of Labor,” the company said.
    Last Thursday, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd said he directed the company and the contractors to regularize the nealy 9,000 employees as well as to pay P77.5 million for overtime, holiday and 13th month pay as well as other incentives to more than 2,000 employees.

    “PLDT and its contractors have been violating labor standards and they failed to refute the findings on the labor-only contracting activities. These employees must be regularized and entitled to security of tenure,” Bello pointed out.

    The company’s appeal questions DoLE’s “absence of evidence” and the use of template findings, the disregard of PLDT’s and its contractors’ evidence, the erroneous computation of the P77.5-million monetary award and violation of PLDT’s and its contractors’ right to due process.

    PLDT is the telecommunications arm of tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan.


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