Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday denounced the harassment by a private security agency of a DOLE-National Capital Region Labor Laws Compliance Officer (LLCO) and promptly called on the Private Security Industry Tripartite Council to address the matter.
Citing an incident report of Director Rowella Grande of the DOLE Makati-Pasay Field Office to DOLE NCR Regional Director Avila, Baldoz said the private security agency, Hackett Security Agency, through its owner, Gil Arellano Borcelis, had raised his voice against LLCO Cairon Macasimbar and dressed him down in very threatening words when the latter refused to “settle” the delivery of the Notice of Results of the agency arising from a joint assessment under the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS).
“Our LLCO, Mr. Macasimbar, visited Hackett Security Agency to deliver a Notice of Assessment under the authority of the DOLE-NCR Regional Director. Mr. Borcelis, who said he is an active officer of the Philippine National Police, got angry and wanted to “settle” with the LLCO. But when the latter refused, Mr. Borcelis allegedly said: “Kung gagaguhin lang ako, mas mabuti pang pumatay ng tao,” Baldoz narrated.
According to the report, Mr. Borcelis was so angry he asked that LLCO Macasimbar wait for him in his office, but Macasimbar, feeling afraid and threatened, left.
“Mr. Borcelis also reportedly said to Mr. Macasimbar on the phone: “Kaya nga ako nakikipag-areglo para ma-settle na ‘yan at ‘di na umabot sa taas.”
The security agency owner, according to the report, admitted that his company is not labor laws-compliant, particularly on the salaries of his security guards, that’s why he wanted an “arrangement”, which Mr. Macasimbar profusely refused.
Baldoz said such behaviour of an establishment owner was uncalled for and should be dealt-with properly.
“This is part of our experiences in enforcing our country’s labor laws. Mr. Macasimbar, despite his desire to only do his job, wasn’t able to deliver the Notice of Assessment that day because of fear and he had requested for a re-assignment for reason of his personal security. This is very unfortunate,” Baldoz said.
She said she will refer the matter to the Private Security ITC, the tripartite advisory and consultative body to the Secretary of Labor and Employment established only last month through a Memorandum of Agreement to which private security agencies, notably PADPAO, were signatories.
“The Private Security ITC identifies, prioritizes, and recommends, or proposes viable alternative solutions to critical and urgent problems, issues, and concerns facing workers and employers in the private security industry, among its other functions,” said Baldoz.
The Private Security ITC is composed of representatives from the labor sector, employers sector, and government. Among its members are the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators (PADPAO), representing private security agency owners, and Security Guards Association of the Philippines, representing security guards.
Other members of the Private Security ITC are the Federation of Industrial Security Organization of the Philippines; Bank Security Management Association; Mall Security Managers Association of the Philippines; Accommodation Establishments Security and Safety Coordinating Council, Inc.; Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines; Federation of Philippine Industries, Inc.; and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc., representing the employers’ sector.
On the side of the labor sector, the other members are Agap Party-List; Campus Security Management Association of the Philippines; Diwa Party-List; Federation of Free Workers; Guardians’ Federation of Workers; and Philippine Society for Industry Security.
The government is represented in the ITC by the Social Security System; Home Mutual Development Fund or Pag-IBIG; and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.
“I have also instructed Director Avila to coordinate this matter with PADPAO and to check if Hackett Security Agency is a PADPAO member,” Baldoz said, adding:
“This is because it was PADPAO, headed by its president, Ramon D. Bergado, who wrote us in September 2014 and called on to establish tripartite cooperation and a mechanism that will readily address the numerous concerns of the industry, particularly citing the regulations for the promotion of employment and observance of the rights of security guards and similar personnel to just and humane conditions of work and security of tenure,” she added.
Avila had said the DOLE-NCR had the incident already reported to the police and advised all the region’s labor laws compliance officers to report to him similar incidents of harassments in their implementation of the new Labor Laws Compliance System.