Davao City – Branch successfully settled a Request for Assistance (RFA) benefitting four employees in an aggregate amount of 80,799.73 pesos last December 3, 2021.

Four employees of RK Star Coir Corporation filed a RFA last October 22, 2021 on the issue of illegal dismissal and non-payment of money claims covering holiday pays, 13th month pay, service incentive leave, and salary differentials.

Supervising Labor Employment Officer and SENA Desk Officer Nancy L. Lasquite facilitated the said RFA and set the conciliation conferences for the parties.

Based on the proceedings, these four employees, two female and two males, were barred entrance to the premises of the company starting September 27, 2021 for not being unvaccinated. The requesting party explained that they were not able to avail of the vaccine at the time because they were still observing their health condition before undergoing vaccination. However, due to this management policy, they felt they were terminated.

On the other hand, the management manifested that these employees were not terminated. However, they had to implement policies that will prevent and minimize spread of COVID virus to avoid a possible company lockdown if one or more of the employees got infected with the said virus.                                                                                                                           

Ms. Lasquite conducted conciliation conferences before the parties through online meetings. With the Branch’s careful facilitation, the miscommunication between these group of workers and the management was straightened out and both parties reached an agreement. The management agreed to release the compensation for the said money claims.

RK Star Coir Corporation is engaged in Coco Coir production and is primarily located at Purok 3, Barangay Ula, Tugbok, Davao City. The company employed at least 18 female employees and 29 male workers. In this case, the company was represented by Mr. Elison James Vasquez and HR Manager Cynthia S. Orcasitas.

Besides one newly hired worker, three out of the four employees who filed this case, worked for the company for at least 11 years. Some of these employees resided relatively far from the company ranging from Marilog District to Baguio District. Gary B. Bonghanoy