Job orders. They were my topic in a previous post entitled – The Ordeal of Job Orders in the Government. For some reason, I am drawn to the job orders’ predicament – working hard because they need to be earn, but never truly rewarded in ways they should be. Now this decision I came across with is timely, interesting, and related because it dealt with the issue of a woman working for SSS as an outsourced worker for 6 years and receiving a much, much lower salary than regular SSS employees doing the same work as hers. Read on.
Debbie Ubaña applied for employment at SSS in 1995. She passed the exam and submitted the requirements asked from her, but she was referred to DBP Service Corporation for “transitory employment”. DBP Service Corp. made her sign a 6-month service contract in May 1996 as a clerk at SSS Daet Branch. Her daily wage was fixed at P171.00 per day. The contract was never renewed, but from 1996-2002 Debbie continued working for various units at SSS-Daet.
In August 2002, Debbie resigned from her work at SSS as she could no longer stand being given empty and false promises, feeling the agony of dissatisfaction, anxiety, demoralization, and injustice. At the time of her resignation, she was being paid P229.00 per day or P5,038.00 per month as a Processor. Regular SSS Processors, on the other hand, earned P846.45 per day or P18,622.00 per month.
Debbie felt that she was badly exploited despite dedicating 6 years of her time serving the government agency. She also claimed that SSS violated civil service laws and regulations as well as the Civil Code provisions on Human Relations particularly Articles 19, 20, and 21, which reads:
Art. 19. Every person must, in the exercise of his rights and in the performance of his duties, act with justice, give everyone his due, and observe honesty and good faith.
Art. 20. Every person who, contrary to law, wilfully or negligently causes damage to another, shall indemnify the latter for the same.
Art. 21. Any person who wilfully causes loss or injury to another in a manner that is contrary to morals, good customs or public policy shall compensate the latter for the damage.
To read the full text of the case (Social Security System vs Debbie Ubaña, GR No. 200114, August 24, 2015), click here.***featured image for this post is taken from www.businessnewsdaily.com