• Underpayment of security guards deplored

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    SAYING that security guards are severely exploited because they are overworked and underpaid, a labor leader called on the Duterte Administration to implement labor laws, specifically Article 280, which pertains to the regularization of workers.

    Fred Bentulan, president of Alas-Guwardya, said the Philippines has 500,000 registered security guards who are practically working as contractuals because their job is based on the contract of their agency with the business companies.

    Bentulan said Alas-Guwardiya, along with other labor organizations strongly condemn the decades-long contractualization of security guards and other types of workers. He said 80 percent of security guards work 12 hours a day but get only P7,000 to P8,000 a month.

    He maintained that before allowing the security agencies to operate legally, the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) of the Philippine National Police should ensure that these firms will be paying the correct minimum salary rates as stipulated by the labor laws.

    Bentulan pointed out that the owners of these security agencies are mostly former military and police officials who have strong connections in the SOSIA.

    Metro Manila’s daily minimum wage rate is P491 but security guards get less than that.

    Timoteo Aranquez, chairman of Lakas Manggagawa Labor Center, an alliance of 10 big labor federations, said there is no need for Congress to pass a law that will end contractualization because there are sufficient labor laws to end the anti-labor practice.

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