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Bacolod City, Philippines Saturday, November 30, 2019
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Blind massage workers
lament over deduction


Nine workers of a blind massage parlor at 888 Chinatown Square in Bacolod City complained against their employer for alleged deduction.

Melvin Caspe, president of United PWD Association for Rehabilitation and Development Inc., claimed that their employer, Elmer Dela Cruz of Elmer’s Blind Massage, has been charging them additional P80 every day on top of the 70-30 percent profit sharing they have agreed on.

He said that, based on their agreement, the 30 percent goes to their employer, who they allege, is still deducting P80 from each employee every day as rental fee.

He said that after their work at the massage parlor, their employer brings them to the Bacolod Government Center grounds for sessions with the people there.

“It’s a public place, and yet he again gets another 30 percent from what we’re earning there,” Caspe claimed. He added they work at the BGC grounds for additional four hours, on top of their eight hours duty at the spa.

He said they already filed a complaint before the National Labor Relations Commission, and that a meeting on their case has been set on December 5.

Dela Cruz, in an interview with ABS-CBN Bacolod, denied the allegations of Caspe.

He said he is not deducting an additional P80 from them, and that he brings them to the BCG grounds so they can earn additional income.*


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