The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued a cease and desist order to Greenhand Labor Service Cooperative in Polomolok, South Cotabato after it was found in violation of labor standards and working conditions.
“Grenhand Labor Service Cooperative is delisted from the roster of legitimate contractors/subcontractors. The said establishment is now prohibited to enter into new contracting arrangements or engaging in the practice of illegitimate contracting/subcontracting arrangement,” said Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod
Maglunsod, citing a report from OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib of DOLE Regional office No. 12, said that the said cooperative is now prohibited to enter into new contracting arrangements.
According to Gutib, Greenhand Labor Cooperative was not in compliance with labor standards and working conditions and with the Social Security, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth, and Employees Compensation laws.
In his report Gutib said Greenhand Labor Cooperative violated Department Order No. 159, Series of 2016, or the Guidelines for the Employment of Migratory Sugarcane Workers. He added that establishment failed to secure a certificate or Authority to transport issued by the DOLE Regional Director of the Sending Office.
The DOLE Regional Office No. 12 Inspection team also reported that Greenhand Labor Cooperative violated Article 113 of the Labor Code when it deducted P500 and P100 from the migrant sugar workers to cover additional expenses incurred during transport of workers from point of hire and worker’s share for the coordinator of the datu.
Greenhand was also liable for underpayment of wages and non-payment of other benefits of the migrant sugar workers who received shares lower than P12.00 compared to their entitlement based on applicable daily minimum wage rate for the agricultural sector in Region 3.
DOLE RO 12 also found out that the establishment violated R.A. 9231, or the Anti-Child Labor Law when it employed four minors.
Greenhand Labor Cooperative also failed to enroll and paid the remittances to SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig of the migratory sugar workers. “The workers should have been covered by social security starting on the first day of their employment. The cooperative is non-compliant with SSS, Philhealth, and Pag-big rules,” said Manglunsod.