Stanfilco closes, 400 people lose jobs in Bukidnon
BUKIDNON | BUKIDNON ONLINE INFO | BUKIDNON NEWS – Awful news for some 400 people in Bukidnon. Banana production and export firm Stanfilco has closed down and that meant that roughly 400 people lost their jobs as well.
BukidnonOnline.com is not sure if Stanfilco only closed shop in Bukidnon or if their other offices/farms have also ceased operating.
The 400 people in Bukidnon who lost their jobs were regular and contractual employees of Stanfilco. Stanfilco has a farm in Guinoyuran, Valencia, Bukidnon.
Stanfilco is a division of Dole Philippines, a producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruits such as bananas, fresh vegetables and fresh cut flowers with a growing line of quality packaged foods.
The 400 people who lost their jobs held rallies outside the regional office of the National Conciliation Mediation Board. They claim that they were terminated without notice.
Each of the laid off workers were provided with a 1-month separation pay for every year of service as well as partial payment of their 13th month pay.
Stanfilco allegedly said that poor quality of harvests prompted them to close shop.
Interestingly, just two years ago, Stanfilco was declared as the country’s top banana exporter.
So what now, Department of Labor and Employment, Provincial Government of Bukidnon and DOLE Philippines?