Outsourced employees air out salary problems

Outsourced employees opened up to the Provincial Board’s (PB) session on May 5 about their salary problems.

According to Tita Gerosa, an outsourced employee of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO), their salaries always get delayed despite the on-time completion and submission of required documents.

Mangutang na lang gyud intawon mi kay unsa ma’y among ipamlite ug ibuhi sa among pamilya nga wala ma’y sweldo (We are forced to loan money for our daily expenses because of the delayed salary),” she said.

Representing the outsourced staff in PENRO, she shared that after three months of waiting, salary came in at a staggered method. They receive only around P6,000 to P7,000 per release.

She added that their pay slips were not given to them. They wanted to have their pay slips so they would know what has been deducted in their salaries, she stated.

Caezar de Guzman of LBP Service Corporation said that delay in salary release is due to the late submission of required documents for salary processing, such as the daily time record and letter of engagement, among others.

LBP Service Corporation is the agency handling the outsourced employees of PENRO.

De Guzman also blamed PENRO for “deploying employees without their knowledge” and other head offices for the late submission of documents. He added that the pay slips were left in the personnel’s head offices waiting for the personnel to get them.

However, the employees insisted they were instructed to get the slips from the LBP office in Mandaue City.

Atty. Chad Estella, PENRO chief, said de Guzman’s allegations were “not correct.” He explained that data collection in PENRO is centralized. He has designated a specific employee to gather all the required documents.

Estella also revealed that this matter is not new to them.

“This has been the problem for a very long time, yet until now it has not been solved. We cannot blame the employees kay naningkamot sad baya silang masweldoan (for they are doing their share in processing the salary) on time,” he shared.

PB Member Raul Alcoseba suggested that LBP’s contract with the Capitol, which is ending this May 30, will no longer be renewed. What’s important is for the employees to receive their salaries on time, he pointed out.

“With the current situation…di na lang tingai mi mu-recommend sa renewal sa inyong contract (we’d probably no longer recommend the renewal of your contract) with the Capitol,” said Alcoseba.

The board referred the matter to the Committee of Labor headed by PB Member Celestino Martinez III for “endorsement and proper recommendation.”

A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled on May 7 at 2 p.m. All interested parties will be called to attend the hearing, said Martinez. (Lianne Llesol)