25 OFWs in Guam get P2.4M in back wages

By Veronica Uy
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 06:03pm (Mla time) 07/06/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Twenty-five Filipinos who worked as construction workers in Guam will receive more than P2.4 million in back wages after the United States labor office established that their employer failed to pay them full wages for overtime work, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said Friday.

In a statement, Labor Secretary Arturo Brion said that Saipan-based labor attaché Lourdes Lavilla received 25 checks totaling $53,123.87 (more than P2.4 million) from Senior Investigator Richard Hamilton of the United States Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division office in Saipan.

Quoting Lavilla, Brion said the 25 Filipinos worked for the Bascon Corporation and Orion Construction Corporation. However, Lavilla’s report did not indicate when they worked there.

Brion said the checks will be coursed through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and will reach the agency by third week of July. The POEA will then give these to the concerned workers.

Hawaii-based DOL Assistant District Director Terrence Trotter had requested the assistance of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in the US and the POEA for the distribution of the workers’ back wages.

Brion said DOL personnel in Guam investigated the case and found that Bascon and Orion failed to fully pay the Filipinos for their overtime work.

The labor secretary thanked his American counterpart for the investigation, saying it indicates the kind of support the US gives to overseas Filipino workers.



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