Oliver Bugarin 2 0 0 3 min to read

Palace is awaiting the DMW report on the Filipinos stuck in the US military base.

In response to reports that hundreds of Filipino workers have been left stranded at a US military base on Diego Garcia island because of a pay dispute between a significant American contractor and the Philippine government, Malacanang said on Thursday that it is awaiting the Department of Migrant Workers’ (DMW) response.

This came after a Washington Post story revealed that Filipino officials had requested Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) employers to enhance the workers’ wages to comply with the US statutory minimum wage rate. To continue working for the current pay, the corporation is “pressuring staff,” nevertheless.

According to the article, KBR allegedly canceled every charter flight from the island to the Philippines since January to “emotionally blackmail” the authorities.

Philip Ivy, vice president of worldwide marketing and communications for KBR, disagreed with the charge.

According to press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles, the Palace is counting on DMW Secretary Susan “Toots” Ople to deliver a remark on the matter.

She claimed she had no word whether President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. would bring up this issue during his trip to the US this month.

On September 18, Marcos is slated to depart for New York, and on September 24, he will make his way back to the Philippines.

“We’ll have to wait and see if it’s going to be brought up. But for the time being, we are dependent on and under the Department of Migrant Workers’ supervision. Sec. Toots is still in charge of it. We’ll hold off till she reports. Malacanang greatly relies on those who are personally involved in this, she stated during a press conference at the palace.

At Diego Garcia, KBR has around 1,200 mostly Filipino employees working as clerks, warehouse workers, and other semiskilled positions.

It provides construction services for various projects, including complex refineries, warehouses, commercial buildings, and government structures.


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