The Department of Labor and Employment 6 recently rescued 4 Aetas including a minor employed as sacadas in one of the haciendas in Brgy. Purisima, Manapla, Negros Occidental.
The victims were sent back to their province in Antique after they were rescued from the hands of their employer.
At the instance of the Head of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) in Negros Occidental, the DOLE 6 Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom issued authority and travel order to two inspectors of DOLE Negros Occidental Field Office to conduct inspection on the premises of said this hacienda due to allege group of Ati working as sugar migratory workers or Sacadas in that hacienda.
The inspectors together with the NCIP staff proceeded to Manapla to verify reports on the alleged group of Ati working as Sacadas in a certain hacienda in Manapla, Negros Occidental.
They were later joined by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Police (PNP) of that town.
The team proceeded to the premises of this hacienda and was met by a certain Mr. Seat who denied the allegation.
During the conduct of random interview, the workers complaint that they were not paid their wages since their employment on November 21, 2011. They forced to work during rainy days and even if they were sick. They were also maltreated and threatened to be shot if they run away. The workers executed affidavits to this effect.
The team also found out that the hacienda employed a minor. The team held an exit conference with the hacienda overseer, a certain Mr. Seat, and the workers. On February 24, the management paid the wages of the workers and they were repatriated to Antique with the assistance of the Municipal Social Work and Development of Manapla.
The employers’ representatives agreed to comply with the findings. representatives to discuss the findings of the inspection which include violation of Book III, Rule VIII, Sec. 3 of the Labor Code of the Phils. on time of payment of wage, violation of RA 9231 due to hiring of minor, and non-payment of wages from November 21, 2011 to February 22, 2012. Amalia N. Judicpa, LCO designate, March 1, 2012.