BALANGA CITY, Bataan – “Beware of bogus labor inspectors and report them immediately to us,” the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE Region 3) alerted all firms operating here in Bataan and other Central Luzon (CL) provinces yesterday.
“We would like to inform our employers and the general public that Mr. Jorge Domasig Dimayuga, 47 years old, married and unemployed, and a resident of 3060 San Agustin Village, Mapulang Lupa, Valenzuela City, is not in any capacity connected with the DOLE Regional Office No. 3 and its seven Field Offices. Furthermore, he is not authorized to hold Joint Assessments (JAs) or any type of regulatory functions mandated by this office. Please do not engage with this person.”
The DOLE issued this statement after pressing charges against Dimayuga over his arrest in a recent entrapment operation by the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that Dimayuga, charged for Robbery Extortion and Usurpation of Authority, was allegedly posing as a Labor Laws Compliance Officer (LLCO).
“Early this month, the DOLE Bulacan Field Office received a call from Ben-Ben Trading/Classic Particles Manufacturing Ltd. Co. — a firm operating in Meycauayan, Bulacan — and verified if a certain ‘Jorge Dimayuga’ was employed with the DOLE,” Dione explained, adding:
“The company also informed the DOLE Field Office that Dimayuga was allegedly extorting money in return for a favor.”
In her statement to authorities, Nazli Joan De Borja, the company personnel who called the DOLE Field Office, as well as the PNP, narrated the details of Dimayuga’s misdeeds.
“Noong ika-7 ng Julyo, 3:00pm, pumunta po siya (Dimayuga) sa opisina ng aming kumpanya upang ipa-receive ang Notice of Assessment for Compliance ng mga requirement ng aming kumpanya,” De Borja said, adding:
“Tumwag po ako sa DOLE para malaman ang tunay na katauhan ni Mr. Dimayuga ngunit napag-alaman ko po sa ahensiya na wala silang empleyado na ganun ang pangalan.”
De Borja 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 P5,200.00 para mawala ang aming kaso sa DOLE at upang ito ay ma-archieve na lamang. Pinilit niya din kaming magbigay ng paunang bayad na naghahalagang P1,300.00 sa pamamagitan ng courier services. Kami po ay nagkasundo na magkikita po kami sa harapan ng isang gusali sa may Brgy. Malhacan, Meycuayan City upang ibigay ang pera.”
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 of Dimayuga.
On July 10, past noon time, 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, adding:
“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.”
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 detained under the custody of the PNP Police Regional Office 3, Bulacan Police Provincial Office in Meycauayan City.
To ensure that similar misdeeds will never happen again, Director 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,” Dione said, adding:
“I remain confident that our people from the DOLE will do their jobs with honor and dignity and in the interest of public service.”
The public are encouraged to report any ‘bogus’ inspectors to their hotline numbers at 0925-8150214 (mobile) and (045) 455-1619 (landline) and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.