DOLE starts probe on labor attache in Hong Kong

November 7, 2010 1:06 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 6 — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has formed a fact-finding committee to conduct an investigation on the case of a Filipina household service worker who was allegedly subjected to verbal abuse by Romulo Salud, the labor attache currently posted in Hong Kong.

Baldoz said the fact-finding committee shall submit to her a report three days after concluding the investigation.

Reports claimed Salud verbally abused and was arrogant to OFW Agnes Tenorio when she approached the labor attache to seek assistance regarding her problem with her employer. Tenorio’s woes began when she decided to leave her employer’s residence after working there for only over two hours.

“Labor attache Salud will be required to submit himself to the investigation to explain his side. That is part of the due process,” Baldoz said.

The labor chief assured the public that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is taking the matter very seriously, including future complaints against any DOLE official or employee.

“We will act on complaints with dispatch, fairness, and transparency in accordance with the governance reforms initiated by President Benigno S. Aquino III” Baldoz said, adding, “we will ensure that DOLE officials and personnel abide by ethical standards for excellence in public service”.

Question or inquiry about this press release? Please contact Director Nicon F. Fameronag of the Labor Communications Office (LCO) at mobile no. 0917 623 8842. (PNA) RMA/PR/rsm

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