Negros Oriental Department of Labor and Employment and Provincial Anti-Illegal Council Against Trafficking personnel inspected deep-sea fishing vessel, F/B San Tiyago, at the Dumaguete City port, and allowed 257 Negrenses to board it for Palawan late Saturday night.
Sandra Delfin of DOLE said the inspection and verification was conducted with other government agencies, like the Social Security System, to ensure that labor laws and standards are complied with by the owner and operator of the vessel that practices “paaling”, or deep sea fishing, using compressors.
She said they made sure that the workers, or pescadores, are enrolled with the SSS, and the master fisherman was required to submit the birth certificates, pictures and medical certificates of their workers to ensure that they are of legal age and physically fit.
The workers were apprised of their rights, and the issues on child labor, human trafficking, and other laws, Delfin said.
The pescadores were directed to disembark while a composite team, led by the Philippine Coast Guard, boarded the vessel and inspected it for hidden minors and for its seaworthiness.
Master fishman Quirico Estoras said they pay their workers on a percentage basis, and 80 percent of the catch goes to the owner, OVL Fishing Corp., based in Manila.*JG
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