Security and reliever guards affiliated with NorthCom Security and Investigation Agency (NorthCom) protested the month-long delay of their salaries. The guards did not receive their salaries from December last year until the first part of January this year.


NorthCom is one of the private contractors that provide security manpower in majority of academic units around UP. The other security agency that UP contracted is Glocke Security Agency, which covers dormitories and residential areas.


One of the NorthCom-affiliated security guards, who refused to reveal his name, said that the delay occurred several times but the company did not do anything about it. “Ang importante lang naman ay ma-sweldohan nang maayos. Walang na ngang benepisyo, may problema pa sa pagpapa-sweldo. Nababaon tuloy kami sa utang,” he said.


According to the guard, they receive monthly salary between P20,000-P25,000 depending on their shift assignments, divided every 10th and 25th of the month. But for December 2018, the NorthCom guards only received P2,500 per pay day. “Binigyan lang kami ng tig-2,500 (pesos) para sa Pasko at New Year. Parang hinulug-hulugan lang kami,” the source added.


NorthCom Security Officer Efren Caligan claimed the company has been striving to release their employees’ salaries on time, but the effort was hampered by several deficiencies in company documentation, contract renewal issues, and the holidays.


“Pinaliwanag naman namin sa kanila at hindi naman lahat nakakaunawa. Na-delay ang pag-release namin ng sweldo dahil sa mga kakulangan sa dokumento at tsaka sa pag-renew namin ng kontrata sa UP,” Caligan said.

“Hindi ito ang pinakaunang pagkakataon kung saan na-delay ang sweldo mahigit-kumulang isang buwan. Pero sinisikap naman namin na makabawi at i-advance ang pag-release ng sweldo sa susunod,” he added. “Nag-suggest na kami sa kompanya na dapat mabigyan ng tig-iisang kopya ng Company Rules and Regulations (CRR) ang bawat security guard at reliever sa UP para alam nila ang kanilang mga karapatan, mga dapat at hindi dapat gawin, at higit sa lahat transparency.” hindi naman lahat nakakaunawa. Na-delay ang pag-release namin ng sweldo dahil sa mga kakulangan sa dokumento at tsaka sa pag-renew namin ng kontrata sa UP,” Caligan said.

“Hindi ito ang pinakaunang pagkakataon kung saan na-delay ang sweldo mahigit-kumulang isang buwan. Pero sinisikap naman namin na makabawi at i-advance ang pag-release ng sweldo sa susunod,” he added. “Nag-suggest na kami sa kompanya na dapat mabigyan ng tig-iisang kopya ng Company Rules and Regulations (CRR) ang bawat security guard at reliever sa UP para alam nila ang kanilang mga karapatan, mga dapat at hindi dapat gawin, at higit sa lahat transparency.”

Document Deficiencies and Transparency

All UP Workers’ Union Spokesperson and former Staff Regent Clodualdo Cabrera held a dialogue with Caligan during the first week of January to discuss the issue.

“Kami sa unyon, sinisikap namin na maging parte sa Monitoring Committee ng private security agencies dito sa UP para malaman namin ang mga problema kagaya ng mga ganito. Kung alam natin na kulang ang mga dokumento, bakit pa isasali sa bidding. Dapat kumpleto muna ang mga dokumento para ma-ensure na walang delay sa sweldo,” Cabrera said.
UP first engaged NorthCom’s services in 2014, and has since renewed its contract in 2018.


“Ang allotment ng UP sa mga security guards isa-isa ay approximately P37,000. Pero ang nabibigay lang sa kanila galing sa agency ay approximately P25,000 lang. Kaya malaking pera ang nakukuha nila [private agencies],” Cabrera added when asked regarding additional benefits for the workers.


“Simula pa lang, nandiyan na ang aming pagtutol sa pagpapa-privatize ng security services. Ang posisyon namin diyan ay ibalik na sa pulis ang UP dahil marami talagang mapagsamantala na mga pribado. Kaya hindi kami umaalis sa aming panawagan,” Cabrera said.

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