The Department of Labor and Employmenthas denied the motion for reconsideration filed by First Farmers Holding Corp.after finding the firm liablefor not paying wage differentials and other workers' benefits amounting to P6,662,110.90 to the members of First Arrastre Stevedoring Services Employees' Union (FASSEU).
Based on the resolution from the DOLE central office signed by Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the motion filed lacks merit and therefore the agency's decision for the company to pay almost 92 sugar workers who filed the case nine years ago is affirmed.
First Farmers filed the MR to the Feb. 9, 2017 resolution of DOLE that they are solidarily liable to pay the complainants the aggregate amount of more than P6.6M representing their wage differentials, 13 th month pay and service incentive leave.
NFSW sugar assembly today
Around 300 representatives of sugar workers and farmers organizations in Negros Occidental will gather todayin an assembly on what they consider a looming sugar industry crisis and to draft resolutions on how to address it.
National Federation of Sugarcane Workers secretary-general, John Milton Lozande,said yesterday that the assembly will be held at the Sugar Worker Development Center in Bacolod City as it will tackle issues and concern of sugar workers.
He said NFSW fears that these sector will be the most affected if the crises happens, considering that the milling season opened last month with a big price drop from last year.
‘Strengthen biosecurity on farms'
Commercial poultry farm owners in Negros Occidental are urged to strengthen biosecurity measures in their facilities to ensure that their livestock are disease- free and donot affect the community near them, Provincial Veterinarian Dr. RenanteDecena said yesterday.
The Provincial Veterinary Office is conducting a province-wide inspection of all commercial poultry farms this month, following complaints, and results of their periodic monitoring of these livestock facilities.
Decena said yesterday that the inspection was due to complaintsabout the increasing number of flies going to residential areas and airports, allegedly coming from some of these farms.