Manpower agency: Zambo LGU paying less than minimum wage Print
Monday, 08 May 2017 13:59

A Manpower agency contracted by the Zamboanga city government has accused the latter of underpaying its laborers.

The accusation, aired by Alavar Janitorial Services, is in response to an initial revelation by a city councilor saying that the company does not pay the correct amount to the workers that they supply to the city government.

“Palta ta dale el gobierno,” said Mario Ordigoso Alavar, Human Resources Chief of Alavar Janitorial Services.

Alavar explained that each job order employee should receive the amount of  P10,730 as monthly salary.

The worker however only receives P9,194 in salaries based on payments made by the City General Services Office.

The city government has also reportedly failed to pay salaries to its contractual workers since February this year.

“How can they ask us to pay the correct amount to our job orders when the city government does not give us the exact amount?” asked Alavar.

Meanwhile, Alavar also said that around 10 contractual workers at the Pasonanca Aviary have not been receiving their proper wages due to underpayment by the local government.

“They only receive P8,799 per month which is way below the standard salary rate of P296 per day,” Alavar revealed.

In a text message, City Hall Executive Assistant and former Councilor Jawo Jimenez said that the new minimum wage order was released after the passage of the Executive Budget last October.

Additional funding to pay the wage increases mandated by government is reportedly included in the city’s Supplemental budget.

It was not however explained why the city failed to pay salaries to the manpower agency since February this year.

The issue on the alleged violation committed by the city government surfaced after Councilor Rommel Agan called for an investigation on why a janitress at the Sangguniang Panlungsod who is supplied by Alavar only receives P200 per day instead of the minimum wage amounting to P280.

Agan also questioned why the job order workers are working for six days when the city government offices operate for only five days a week.

Alavar said that they have already adjusted to the five-day workweek since February. (Nonong Santiago)