A certain Rustom Parana, owner of the Bulate Trading, allegedly employed these minors in his junkshop and violated Republic Act 9231 (Employment of Minors Engaged in Hazardous Occupation) in relation to R.A 7610 (Child Protection Law).
At 11:00 am of 14 January 2013, Monday, a briefing was convened among members of the SagipBatangManggagawa Quick Action Team (SBMQAT) at the DOLE-National Capital Region. Later on, the composite rescue team together with ABS-CBN BULATLAT Program Host Julius Babao proceeded to the area where the minors were employed.
It was found out that the minors’ work involved dismantling and segregation of electronic parts from old computers and television monitors - exposing them to hazardous heavy metals like mercury and lead.
The owner is now facing a criminal case in violation of RA 9231 and administrative cases in violation of underpayment of wages, non-payment of holiday pay and overtime pay, non- coverage of SSS, Philhealth and Pag-IBIG, non-use of protective equipment and poor housekeeping.