Baguio City – The Department of Labor and Employment-CAR through its Baguio/Benguet Field Office witnessed the actual payment of the final pay to employees of MOOG Controls Corporation (MCC), who were terminated due to redundancy. According to MOOG, it opted to terminate its workers due to redundancy in order for them to receive a higher separation pay.

Under the law, separation due to redundancy is entitled to one-month salary for every year of service compared to the other authorized causes for termination of which is half month salary for every year of service. MOOG payed the total amount of Php 211, 139, 209.00 for the separation pay of its workers. The payment was done at CAP Building, John Hay, Baguio City.

Various employers not just in the Philippines but worldwide have reduced their workforce to cut costs in order to survive. MOOG Controls Corporation (MCC), one of the biggest manufacturing industry located in PEZA in Baguio City was left with no choice but to terminate 524 of its workers effective July 1, 2020 since the demand of their products has significantly decreased due to the ongoing pandemic.

Breakdown of their final pay were presented to each employees by the company’s HR representative witnessed by the DOLE representatives.

Affected workers also received the DOLE certification required by the Social Security System (SSS) to avail of their Involuntary Separation Benefit. Partner stakeholders such as SSS, Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Techincal Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) , PHILHEALTH, PAG-IBIG among others were all present during the payment of separation benefits. In another development, SITEL also conducted an online job orientation to provide employment assistance to the affected workers.

END/LIO with reports from Odessa V. Bustamante, BBFO