Cash for work? workers not paid yet of wages for 4 months, says workers CATIGBIAN, Bohol.Seventeen workers under Cash for Work program said to be
instituted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have not been paid for their daily wages for four months already, Amancio Evangelista, 55, of this town and one of the workers, said in an exclusive interview. This is confirmed by Rodrigo Ruben, 60, also a worker of the program in separate interview.
The workers are hired to make or packed seedlings of either fruit-bearing or just plain wood trees, Evangelista said. And they rendered the services for two weeks, packing seedlings, he added. After they accomplished their job no pay was received by them. Each one of them is tasked to make at least 600 seedlings after theiy were recruited by the Department of Agriculture (DA), Evangelista said. Both said that one of them (workers) was beaten by wasp while looking and
gathering for naturally grown tree seedlings in the forested areas as part of their work, both Evangelista and Ruben said. Evangelista said they started to work last June 2014, but it?s already October but still they have been paid for 15-day work. Each of them is supposed to receive PhP207 per day, he added.
The seedlinsg they had gathered and packed have already been distributed. They said they?re calling the attention of the agency concerned to heed
their plea for pay. This town has legislated an ordinance requiring graduating students to plant trees prior as a pre-requisite prior to their graduation, according
to one of the municipal government employees here. It will be recalled that workers in clearing the debris of the churches damaged by the earthquake also experienced delayed payment of the workdone.