Baguio City. A production worker who resigned from his work, received his early Christmas gift after filing a request for assistance (RFA) with the region.

Mr. Michael Lasian was employed by Romac Production Services and Trading Company, Inc., a service provider based in Sto. Domingo, Pampanga. He was assigned by his agency as a production worker at Wyeth Philippines, in Canlubang, Laguna from May 2014 to May 2015.

The requesting party has a good employment record with his agency. However, in April 2015, he and an unnamed co-worker were accused of theft. A co-worker’s missing mobile phone was found in the locker shared by the two accused. Lasian swore of his innocence though. The incident was reported for police blotter at the Canlubang Police Headquarters.

The result of the investigation caused the termination of his co-worker. Mr. Lasian was advised by his employer to wait for his return to work order, for they have to clear matters within his working area. The 2 weeks waiting was so long for him. This prompted him to resign and went home to his hometown without receiving his salary and other benefits.

On November 3, 2015, after 6 months of silence, Mr. Lasian sought the assistance of SEADO Maggie Balagtey. He requested for the payment of his pro-rated 13th month pay and 2 days salary.

SEADO Balagtey immediately called the parties for a conciliation-mediation conference. The first meeting on November 9, 2015 was attended by Mr. Arnel Villaver, Romac Coordinator for Baguio and La Union Project. After clarification of the issues, Mr. Villaver assured the SEADO and the requesting party to present the matter with the top management. Finally, the RFA was settled on November 17, 2015. The complainant received his 13th month pay and additional financial assistance amounting to Php5,623.50. The complainant was also offered a position in the Romac Baguio-La Union Project.       Maggie B. Balagtey