CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon said Friday, July 28, that it has formally pressed charges against an alleged bogus labor inspector arrested during an entrapment operation by operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
Dole Central Luzon Regional Director Ana Dione, who has alerted Central Luzon employers of the incident, identified the suspect as Jorge Domasig Dimayuga, 47-years-old, married and unemployed, and a resident of San Agustin Village, Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City.
“We would like to inform our employers and the general public that Mr. Jorge Domasig Dimayuga is not in any capacity connected with the Dole Regional Office No. III and its seven field offices. Furthermore, he is not authorized to hold joint assessments or any type of regulatory functions mandated by this office. Please do not engage with this person,” Dione said.
Dione added that Dimayuga, who was charged with robbery extortion and usurpation of authority, was allegedly posing as a Labor Laws Compliance Officer or LLCO.
Dione said it was the Dole Bulacan field office which received a call from Ben-Ben Trading/Classic Particles Manufacturing Ltd. Co. early last month asking for a certain "Jorge Dimayuga."
The caller also asked if Dimayuga is an employee of the Dole. It further informed the field office that Dimayuga was allegedly extorting money in return for a favour, Dione said.
In her statement to authorities, Nazli Joan De Borja, the company staff who called the Dole field office, as well as the PNP, said Dimayuga went to their office on July 7 at 3 p.m. and gave them a copy of the Notice of Assessment for Compliance.
She said she called the Dole field office to ask for the identity of Dimayuga.
She also alleged that Dimayuga was asking for money in exchange for exempting the company from being subjected to a Dole joint assessment or inspection.
“Noong ika-9 ng Hulyo ng umaga, tumawag po si Mr. Dimayuga at sinabi na kailangan naming magbigay ng P5,200 para mawala ang aming kaso sa Dole at upang ito ay ma-archive na lamang. Pinilit niya din kaming magbigay ng paunang bayad na naghahalagang P1,300 sa pamamagitan ng courier services. Kami po ay nagkasundo na magkikita po kami sa harapan ng isang gusali sa may Barangay Malhacan, Meycuayan City upang ibigay ang pera,” she said.
Dole Bulacan Field Office head May Lynn Gozun, along with Labor Laws Compliance Officer Akbar Tumale, coordinated with the company and PNP in the planned entrapment.
On July 10, past noon, the PNP Meycauayan Police Station, through the help of De Borja, successfully entrapped Dimayuga at the place where she and Dimayuga agreed to meet.
De Borja, who represented the company, charged Dimayuga for robbery extortion at the Office of the City Prosecutor of the National Prosecutors Services in Meycuayan City.
Aside from the company, Dole Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio also joined in filing charges against Dimayuga for falsifying her signature in the said “Notice of Assessment.”
“This is not acceptable. It is a crime not only against government, but more importantly to my name, which I have taken cared of as government employee and official throughout the years,” Panlilio said.
“In this light, I am formally filing this complaint, on behalf of the DOLE as well, for the falsification by private individual and use of falsified documents under Article 172 and Usurpation of Authority or official functions under Article 177 of the Revised Penal Code against Jorge Domasig Dimayuga,” she added.
Evidence against Dimayuga presented to the PNP and Prosecutor’s Office include the marked money, courier receipts, and other falsified identification cards and documents.
Dimayuga is presently under the custody of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office in Meycauayan City.
To ensure that similar misdeeds will never happen again, Dione gathered all 56 labor laws compliance officers in an emergency meeting to remind them of their oath and duties.
“It is unfortunate that some elements of society, whether individuals or groups, would use the Dole or any other government agency, for their own gain at the expense of others. I appeal to our LLCOs to be reminded of your oath as civil servants and remain committed, through our in serving our people by implementing our Labor Laws Compliance System the right way in pursuit of the promotion of social justice. I remain confident that our people from the DOLE will do their jobs with honor and dignity and in the interest of public service,” Dione said.
The public is encouraged to report any “bogus” inspector to their hotline numbers at 0925-8150214 (mobile) and (045) 455-1619 (landline) and email at email@example.com. (JTD)